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Ford Fiesta SportVan review

The Ford Fiesta SportVan is the fastest Fiesta diesel Ford makes. Read our review of the best handling van you can buy

"The Fiesta SportVan is so much fun to drive. No really..."

Here at iMOTOR we’re big believers in the late, great Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s belief in “adding lightness” to boost performance. So for that reason, I was surprisingly keen to get my hands on the new Ford Fiesta SportVan.

And that’s thanks to the fact that the van version of the Fiesta is basically the normal three-door, stripped of its rear seats and rear windows. In all, the SportVan is 121kg lighter than the diesel Fiesta Zetec three-door.

So, while Ford has no plans for an ST version of the new Fiesta, the fastest oil burning version of new Fiesta is actually this SportVan.

And despite only having a 90hp 1.6-litre diesel engine under its bonnet, the SportVan is actually loads of fun to drive. OK, it’s not going to worry an Elise in the bends, but the Fiesta’s 200Nm of torque is more than enough to put a smile on your face.

The sweet steering and snickety gearbox are all carried over from the normal Fiesta Zetec too. Add in the practicality of a 1,000 cubic litre flat-floored load space, and we can’t really think of a more appropriate rapid response vehicle for a courier or suchlike.

The SportVan also gets the road car’s 16-inch alloys, air conditioning, Bluetooth, sports seats and sport suspension too, meaning that the Fiesta van looks the part, drives well and isn’t a bad place for its human cargo to reside either.

If carrying small packages from A to B in speedy style is your bag, the Fiesta SportVan will set you back £10,780+VAT, and returns an impressive 67.3mpg.

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Car Specs - Ford Fiesta SportVan

Engine:1.6-litre diesel, 90hp
0-62mph:c.11.5 seconds
Top speed:c.110mph
Economy/emissions:67.3mpg/110g/km CO2
Price/On sale £10,780+VAT/Now

We rate:
Funky looks. For a van.
Decent diesel engine
Excellent chassis

We slate:
Fastest Fiesta should be an ST
Load bay lip is quite high
Builder's bum

Rating: Image removed.

by Tom Phillips

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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