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Ford Fiesta Titanium X

"The Titanium X trim is all about refinement and is full to the brim with tech. Pair that with Ford's 123bhp Ecoboost engine and you have an executive-class car in hatchback proportions."

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The Ford Fiesta Titanium X builds on the Titanium's already long options list by throwing in some desirable extra kit as standard. Keyless entry and part-leather heated seats are added into the mix, along with all-round electric windows and a reversing camera.

In terms of pricing, it sits above the sporty Zetec S but does without the racy bodykit, instead focusing more on refinement than sporting prowess. Inside, drivers are treated to Ford's SYNC system which includes Bluetooth connectivity and a digital DAB radio. Almost all available options on the Fiesta's list are ticked with the Titanium X, so the car is laden with all kinds of tech and neat little touches.

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The Ford Fiesta Titanium X can be ordered with either a 1.6-litre diesel engine or two different power variants of Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engines - 98bhp or 123bhp. The former can also be specced with the brand's Powershift automatic gearbox.

Economy-wise, the diesel engine will hit almost 80mpg, while the Ecoboost engines are capable of around 65mpg. The Ecoboost's low emissions figures of 99g/km means free road tax too.

Good points

The Fiesta Titanium X's bewildering amount of standard equipment will keep even the pickiest drivers happy. The inclusion of features like keyless entry, a reversing camera and part-leather seats mean you don't have to own a big German saloon to experience a dab of luxury in your life.Overall, the Fiesta is an excellent car to drive. It's responsive and sharp, yet comfortable too. You won't have to pay over the odds to own one either, since the engines on offer deliver value for money in spades.

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Bad points

The only considerable issue with the Fiesta Titanium X is the purchase price. It sits level pegging with a Volkswagen Polo BlueGT on pricing and equipment, but the Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition is around £2,500 cheaper and offers almost the same amount of kit. Spec it with the Powershift automatic and it can cut the fuel economy figure by around 10mpg too.Inside, the Fiesta is yet to be upgraded to the SYNC 2 infotainment system, so the button layout can be awkward. Passengers in the rear may feel a little cramped, as headroom and legroom alike are tight for adults.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Metallic paint
  • Folding rear seats
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Stop/Start
  • Reversing camera
  • Part leather seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Sat-nav

Our choice

We would opt for the more powerful 123bhp Ecoboost petrol model, as it blends strong performance with excellent overall economy and running costs.

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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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