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Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Fiesta - 8th Report

Date: 24 June 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

Fiesta by a field
Category: Supermini
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 consumption47.9mpg
Our average consumption33.8mpg
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
PositiveDriving enjoyment,
luxurious ‘big car’
spec levels
NegativeNot at home at
high speeds, centre
console buzzing noise