A history lesson…
Launched in 1000BC, the Ford Fiesta has been Ford’s cornerstone seller for decades. Little has changed over the years; you know what you’re getting with a Fiesta – and that’s a good thing. The car has gone through several variations but the basic recipe stays the same: small and simple.
Sure, the new Fiesta is the most technologically advanced yet, but it’s far from a Range Rover. On a basic level, the Fiesta is just a smart, little car with bags of character and tonnes of reliability. It’s a car that’ll get your from A-to-B in comfort and safety.
There are plenty of models to choose from, including a hot ST version and a Green-party friendly eco version, so the Fiesta, you could say, is one of the best people’s cars we have on the market.
Bang for your buck
Whether it’s the bargain basement, but easy to run, ECOnetic, or the 150bhp ST model, all Fiestas come with lots of kit and enough chassis advancement to get your pulse racing a little on the drive to work. There’s a reason why the Fiesta is continually topping monthly sales charts in the UK.
The base price of the Fiesta is attractive, but the knowledge that Ford has been making them for years is even more appealing. Fiestas are superbly reliable, even if you do get one with all the bells and whistles.
Newer models get classy touches such as heated front-screen and Bluetooth, so you can have some luxury to go with your money-saving. Not bad.
What you’ll pay
Newer Fiestas are still demanding a premium on the used car market, as a result, 2008 models and newer will set you back around £6,000 in Style trim. Go for a Zetec or Zetec S – which are essentially the highest spec Fiestas – and you’re talking around £7-8k.
What to check
The engines in almost all Fiestas have been used in Fords for years, so there shouldn’t be too many problems in that department. Just make sure it hasn’t been raced, treated badly or ragged, as the Fiesta is a popular car among the young, and the last thing you want is a race that’s had a rough life.
Ford’s excellent reputation for cheap parts continues with the Fiesta, as brake pads will only set you back around £30, while a replacement headlamp is about £100. If the entire exhaust system goes, it’ll be £170 to replace.
So not too bad at all.
How it drives
Like the Focus, the Ford Fiesta drives like a dream. Especially the newer models, as they’ve been given a chassis that really deserves a bigger engine; it’s fantastic. The hottest version is the Zetec S – at present – and it has a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds. There has been a rumoured ST version but that has yet to materialise.
The steering is chunky and informative, the seats are fabulously comfortable, the interior trim is well-made and feels upmarket and all the pedals feel light but responsive. It’s a great car for the younger generations, parents and pensioners. And this is why the Fiesta sells so well.
What other car can you think of that offers such an array of talents that appeal to almost every demographic?