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Ford Fiesta (2008-13)

Overall Rating

5 stars

Cleaner and greener, the 2008 Fiesta has been given a fantastic new look. Matched with superb drivability, it is bound to be a run-away success.

For
  • The new look is totally spot on
  • Very smooth ride
  • Fantastically economical
Against
  • Expect to see a lot around
  • Top spec models are pricey for size of car
  • Entry level models should be overlooked
Road Test

Interior cabin has been improved with sleek controls, additional rear leg room, increased boot space and reduced cabin noise. The body is now so light weight (40kg lighter even with more hard steel than previous models), that emissions are eye wateringly low, and will give rival manufacturers some serious headaches. Gears feel super light and the electric power steering is sharp whilst saving fuel. It is safe to say that the drive is simply superb for a supermini. 1.2 petrol models are slow, 1.4 fair on the motorway, but the 1.6 shows impressive performance. The 1.4 and 1.6 diesel engines average 67.2 mpg, and so enter tax band D at 35 per year. Where as the respective petrol models would be 120 per year. The Fiesta has 6 trim levels. Studio is entry level and has airbags, central locking, electric mirrors and a CD player. Style adds remote locking, electric windows, body coloured trims. Style+ has an additional quickclear heated windscreen. Zetec has 15" alloy wheels, front fog lamps and leather steering wheel, whilst the Zetec S has fantastic stiffened suspension, sports sears, rear spoiler and 16" alloy wheels. Titanium is the ultimate model with climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and tinted glass.

Need To Know

NCAP: 5

Best Models: 1.4 and 1.6 diesels for economy. Zetec S for the bodykit

Worst Models: 1.2 68bhp

Replacement: 2012


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Ford Fiesta (2008-13)
Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

5 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

5 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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