Now the initial running-in period of keeping the revs low and generally being nice to the engine is over, a queue of people have been asking to have a go in the Fiesta.

I was reluctant to relinquish a grip on the keys, fearing they’d disappear for a long time, but I eventually agreed to let a couple of BusinessCar staff take the little Ford home to see if they shared my enthusiasm.

Almost everyone was impressed with the handling. It was compared to a go-kart, the word “fun” was freely used, and one staff member went so far as to ask: “Why can’t all cars drive like this?”

And even BusinessCar’s big boss man, more used to wafting around in executive saloons, banished his initial scepticism about the non-Germanic supermini and came back raving about the driving enjoyment.

The enthusiasm is inspired in no small part by the fantastically responsive steering. Despite all the electronic aids, there is no delay whatsoever between turning the steering wheel to movement on the road. Sports cars costing £50,000 can be less responsive.

Ford Fiesta 1.6i Titanium 5dr
Mileage 1747
Claimed combined consumption 47.9mpg
Our average consumption 30.7mpg
P11D price £12,744
Model price range £8514-£12,744
CO2 (tax) 132g/km (15%)
BIK 20/40% per month £32/£64
Service interval 12,500mls
Insurance group 6
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 295/975 litres
Engine size/power 1596cc/120PS
Top speed/0-62mph 120mph/9.9secs
Why we’re running it Can downsizing be
done without the
Positive Looks, great handling,
bold colour
Negative Lack of sixth gear