The Fiesta is an icon and regularly takes the honours as the best selling car in the UK. It has become the benchmark for superminis but until now it has failed to make it into this publication as it hasn't quite been efficient enough to match the best performing models in this sector. So with the addition of a very low CO2 model has Ford now made the perfect supermini?
The Fiesta typifies the modern supermini combining as it does the feel of a larger car with the compact dimensions of a hatch. The Ford exudes quality with an impressive interior and confident exterior. It is easy to see why so many people choose the Fiesta as you don't feel that steeping down in size means a step down in quality.
The ECOnetic Fiesta uses an unfashionably large but highly efficient 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine which gives it good performance compared to super low CO2 rivals. As well as the normal aerodynamic tricks and low rolling resistance tyres, the Fiesta also has Ford Eco Mode which monitors your driving style and suggests ways to improve real world fuel consumption.
On the road the Fiesta is particularly impressive. Ford has an admirable record of developing great chassis for mainstream models and the Fiesta is no exception. If you want a supermini that is fun to drive this is the pick of the bunch. Equally impressive is the fact that Ford hasn't achieved this by fitting rock hard suspension but rather by making the Fiesta balanced and playful.
The Fiesta is a great supermini and with the addition of a super-efficient engine it goes straight to the top of the class. Are there any weaknesses? Nothing of note but the dashboard is rather style heavy and won't date well and it is the least exclusive model in the class. If you can live these points it is the pick of the bunch.