With its modern looks and 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 car? It holds on to its value as well as some more upmarket models like the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series. It's available as a three or five-door, and the line-up is extensive, encompassing many different trims and a wide choice of engines, ranging from an impressive 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol to a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. The ECOnetic diesels are the fuel-economy champions, while performance enthusiasts are catered for by the Ford Fiesta ST, which is one of our favourite sporty hatchbacks.
- Stylish looks
- Cheap to run
- Superb fun to drive
- Small boot
- Interior is slightly cramped
- Automatic only available on one engine
The Ford Fiesta name has been around since the seventies, and more examples of this model have been sold in the UK than any other car. That's not surprising given its reputation for low cost of ownership, an affordable purchase price, stylish looks and a fun driving experience. The current car is the best yet. The most popular engine in the range is the clever 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which offers impressive performance despite its tiny size. A range of diesel engines are available, too, returning as much as 86mpg.
- 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.