Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 3rd Report
05 March 2009
Author: Tom Webster
|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 consumption||47.9mpg|
|Our average consumption||30.7mpg|
|Model price range||£8514-£12,744|
|CO2 (tax) ||132g/km (15%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£32/£64|
|Boot space (min/max)||295/975 litres|
|Why we’re running it||Can downsizing be |
done without the
|Positive||Looks, great handling, |
|Negative||Lack of sixth gear|