Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 8th Report
24 June 2009
Author: Tom Webster
Fiesta by a field
|P11D price:|| £12,744|
|Key rival:|| Vauxhall Corsa|
It's been a very frustrating month, though to be fair the Fiesta hasn't been to blame.
A broken finger that required surgery prevented me from driving, and this threatened a holiday planned down in Cornwall. However, my girlfriend stepped forward to take responsibility for getting the two of us down to the South West. This caused a little anxiety as she'd never driven in London before, and relies on public transport for her daily commute.
But the Fiesta was perfect for someone not used to driving a variety of cars. She found the small Ford easy to adapt to, and managed to quell any concerns we may have had about tackling the long drive across the country. Now that I didn't have to worry about getting us to our holiday destination, I could relax and enjoy the ride.
The passenger seat proved to be almost as pleasurable a place to be as the driver's. The seat goes far enough back to provide plenty of legroom even when various handbags, coats and picnics are deposited in the footwell. The radio/iPod connection/CD player can be reached just as easily while riding up front, but sadly it remains a low point - it's just too fiddly to be used instinctively.
My girlfriend's only real gripe came with visibility. She felt the view out of the rear passenger windows was restricting when pulling out at junctions and parking. As I haven't encountered this problem so much, we put it down to the fact that she's closer to five rather than six feet in height.
|Ford Fiesta 1.6i Titanium 5dr manual|
|Claimed combined consumption||47.9mpg|
|Our average consumption||33.8mpg |
|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||Driving enjoyment, |
luxurious ‘big car’
|Negative||Not at home at |
high speeds, centre
console buzzing noise