The current Ford Fiesta has been the UK's bestselling car since its introduction in 2008, and a recent facelift shows the supermini still dominates the class. It gets a great blend of style, economy and reliability, while being arguably the best car in its class to drive. It feels nimble and responsive from behind the wheel, without being uncomfortable or crashing over uneven surfaces. The Fiesta is an undisputed class leader.
Recent revisions have given the Ford a fresh, Aston Martin-inspired face, and some innovative new technology sets it apart from its mainstream rivals. Optional equipment like Ford's clever MyKey system allows owners to programme functions such as traction control, top speed and radio volume, giving worried parents a degree of control over their teenage children, by limiting the car's capabilities while they drive alone.
However, even without any of this, the new Fiesta impresses across the board. Mid-range Zetec cars get remote central locking, air-con and electric windows, while top-spec Titanium X cars get automatic wipers and keyless entry.
It's a pleasure to drive, too – with the recently introduced 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol the pick of the range. It combines rock-bottom running costs with a lively drive. The turbocharged motor returns more than 60mpg and is a great fun to drive both in and out of town.
Inside, the Fiesta feels like a true quality product. It's well made and spacious, with a well-constructed and laid out interior. Tall passengers may struggle in the back due to the slightly sloping roof and bootspace isn’t quite class leading. Reliability is impressive, though, as Ford finds itself constantly climbing in the Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey. A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating completes the package.
So, if you’re in the market for a fun, stylish, economical and reliable supermini, the current Ford Fiesta should be right at the top of any list.