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Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 3rd Report

Date: 05 March 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

In carpark
Category: Supermini
P11D price: £12,744
Key rival: Vauxhall Corsa

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
Claimed combined consumption47.9mpg
Our average consumption30.7mpg
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
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
PositiveLooks, great handling,
bold colour
NegativeLack of sixth gear