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Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 15th Report

Date: 02 December 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

Fiesta long-termer isn't the downsizing bargain it was a year ago
Category: Supermini
P11D price: £14,020
Key rival: Vauxhall Corsa

Back at the end of 2008 the Fiesta joined the BusinessCar long-term fleet as part of a downsizing experiment.

We wanted to see whether you could save money by going down a size category and not lose out on the toys and luxuries enjoyed on a larger car.

The Ford arrived on the fleet with a price of £12,744 and replaced a Hyundai i30 CRDi with a P11D £14,220, so savings were immediately made on leasing costs and BIK tax.

Unfortunately, we would have to think a lot harder about the decision now as the recession and the abysmal Pound-to-Euro exchange rate have taken their toll on Ford's price list.

The Fiesta now comes with a vastly increased P11D value of £14,620 that has also bumped up the overall running costs. Thankfully the daily costs remain the same - BIK, road tax and fuel economy - partly because we took the car on at a time when the buying price was much lower.

However, it makes it harder to make a case for repeating the decision should we find ourselves in the same downsizing position again. A supermini loaded with all the toys, as is our Titanium-spec Fiesta, is easier to justify at £12,744 than it is at close to £15,000. That Hyundai, by the way, is now priced at £14,400, within £180 of the price a year ago.

The RV people are not convinced the increase in price will result in an improved performance on the second-hand market, either. While the car was expected to hold on to 37% of its original price, it is now expected to retain 32% of its new higher value, meaning it will cost a whole lot more for new buyers to justify the choice of a fantastic supermini.

Ford Fiesta 1.6i Titanium 5dr manual
Mileage7340
Claimed combined
consumption
47.9mpg
Our average consumption35.2mpg
P11D price£12,744
Model price range£8514-£12,744
CO2 (tax) 132g/km (15%)
BIK 20/40% per month£32/£64
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 6
Warranty3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max)295/975 litres
Engine size/power1596cc/120PS
Top speed/0-62mph120mph/9.9secs
Why we’re running itCan downsizing be done
without the downsides?
PositiveLooks, specification,
driving experience
NegativeRising overall running costs



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