With its modern looks and an ability to offer big-car comfort in a compact, fun-to-drive package, is it any wonder that the Ford Fiesta is Britain's best-selling small hatchback? The value-for-money model consistently tops the sales charts, and holds on to its value as well as some luxury cars like the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series. It's available in three and five-door formats, and the line-up is extensive, encompassing 11 different trims and a choice of six engines, ranging from 1.25-litre petrol to 1.5 TDCi diesel. The economy champion of the range is the ECOnetic, while the Zetec S is as close as you’ll get to a hot hatchback version.
- Stylish looks
- Superb fun to drive
- Cheap to run
- Small boot
- Interior is slightly tight
- Automatic only available on one engine
The Ford Fiesta is one of the best superminis to drive, yet doesn't compromise on comfort, and that's why we named it Best Small Car in our 2012, 2013 and 2014 Car of the Year awards. Low running costs and a youthful image balance the fact that some rivals, such as the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa, offer more versatility and space. The Fiesta's engines run smoothly and are economical, Ford has a decent reputation for reliability and the Fiesta got a five-star Euro NCAP rating for crash safety.
- Great to drive
- Good value
- As practical as the standard car
- Only available as three door
- Limited styling changes
- No automatic option
The speedy Ford Fiesta ST is a fast hatchback model with sporty looks, decent practicality and a low list price. It rivals the more expensive Peugeot 208 GTi and Renaultsport Clio, and can even challenge premium rivals like the MINI Cooper S and VW Polo GTI – making it a true performance car bargain. Economy is decent, too, returning nearly 48mpg and emitting only 138g/km of CO2.