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Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 16th Report

Date: 22 December 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

Fiesta wipers
Category: Supermini
P11D price: £14,020
Key rival: Vauxhall Corsa

The dry summer meant that the Fiesta's windscreen wipers were called into action only occasionally, but they are back in action now winter is kicking in.

This meant that a minor irritation has only recently made itself known on the Ford.

As our fully laden Titanium-specced car comes with rain-sensing wipers, they kicked into action during a recent bout of precipitation. It was more than a shower, but by no means a monsoon, so it was bizarre to see that the automatic setting was wiping at full speed.

An intermittent wipe was all that was required, but in the absence of this option, we had to stick with having the blades moving steadily but constantly.

Ford Fiesta 1.6i Titanium 5dr manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption35.3mpg
P11D price£15,499
Model price range£11,536-£16,289
CO2 (tax) 139g/km (15%)
BIK 20/40% per month£39/£77
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 6
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, lots of toys,
driving enjoyment
NegativeNoisy on motorway,
high P11D