Britain's best-selling car goes from strength-to-strength with the latest version

The Ford Fiesta is a British motoring icon, and the latest model picks up where the old model left off at the top of the UK sales charts. It's one of the best 'real-world' cars around, because it ticks all of the rational boxes, but also manages to be great fun to drive. 

The Fiesta offers great value for money, and not just because it’s cheap to buy. It’s comfortable, refined, practical and comes with plenty of standard kit, while the agile handling means it can easily put a smile on your face on the most mundane of journeys. With improvements made to cabin quality, infotainment and space, the Ford Fiesta is the best it’s ever been.

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The Ford Fiesta is the best selling car in Britain. The latest generation was launched in 2017 and in many ways it was the arrival of this Fiesta probably spurred the supermini market into action; the last one was so good, how could Ford go wrong with the follow-up? As a result, brand-new versions of the SEAT Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo, Citroen C3, Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift arrived, updates were made to the Hyundai i20, Mazda 2 and Renault Clio, while big incentives were placed on models like the Vauxhall Corsa, Skoda Fabia and Peugeot 208 to help them stay attractive to buyers. It all means that buyers looking for a supermini have never had so much choice.

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That's especially true of the Fiesta range itself. The new car saw Ford shift it slightly upmarket, so if you want a cheap small Ford, you're going to have to go for the Ka+ instead. That leaves the Fiesta available in Style (there's no longer an entry-level Studio model), Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale trims with prices ranging from just under £14k and topping out at just under £22k. You can upgrade Zetec and Titanium models with the B&O Play Series sound system, and there are X packs offered on Titanium and ST-Line models that boost their looks and kit tally.

Unlike some rivals that now only come with a five-door body, the Fiesta is still offered with three or five doors. You pay a premium of around £650 for the extra doors, although every model in the range is available in both body styles. In terms of engines, there are two petrols and a diesel available. The 1.1 Ti-VCT is the base engine, and comes in 70PS and 85PS versions with 69bhp and 84bhp respectively. The 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo petrol is the staple of the range, and it comes in three forms: 100PS, 125PS and 140PS with 99bhp, 123bhp and 138bhp. 

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If you must have a diesel, the 1.5 TDCi is Ford's newest diesel engine, and here it comes in 85PS (84bhp) or 120PS (118bhp) guises. You can't get every engine in every trim (the 140PS EcoBoost only comes in ST-Line and Vignale trims, for example), while if you want an automatic gearbox, you can only get Ford's Powershift auto with the 100PS EcoBoost engine.

The Fiesta range also includes the Fiesta Active  with its raised ride height and off-road styling for people who want an SUV but like the compact dimensions of a supermini. In addition, the new Fiesta ST hot hatchback has joined the range to make the most of the Fiesta's sharp-handling chassis, courtesy of a 197bhp 1.5 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo engine.

Last updated: 
19 Jun, 2019