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      16.05.2013 11:21
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      Overall a good package and worth the money

      I have owned my 5 door 1.6 diesel for a year now so it has had a good road test an all sorts of journeys. First impression was the size inside - it felt like what I would expect a Focus to feel like. I am 6 foot 3 tall and my teenage son can sit behind me without giving me a back massage with his knees with no problem. I don't even need the seat back as far as it would go! **Styling** - it still strikes me as a smart car when I walk towards it in a car park which is good after a year. Inside, although there is a lot of plastic it all feels solid. Seats are nice and firm and seem to resist dirt well. Bluetooth hands free, aircon etc all good - voice activation good for calls. **Driving** - a really nice drive - I tried the smaller engine and the petrol and they both felt a bit gutless or choked back - can only think it was the engine management system making it sip the fuel. I have the 1.6 diesel which is actually really pokey and fun to drive - it's not in GTi territory of course, but it handles well and you never feel like you are being left behind. **Economy** This is a real score - we average 50-60 MPG round town and with a little dual carriageway use - equally as important, the road tax is TWENTY POUNDS A YEAR!! I used to pay about £260.00 for my last car - that's a saving of £20.00 a month from our household budget, not to mention the fuel saving. ** Maintenance** Servicing is reasonable and so far nothing has gone wrong which is great - Tyres - if you go for the alloy wheels, the tyres are a bit pricey - Pirrellis are about £90.00 each, but there are budget or part worn's available... Cheaper than a VW with better spec, I would say a better buy all round.

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      I bought a brand new Ford Fiesta roughly 3.5 years ago and owned it for 3 years driving roughly 25,000 miles. When I bought it the new style Fiesta model had just been released and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have one. My current car at the time was a Fiat Punto which was struggling and had just spent 2 weeks in a garage so I knew what I had to do. **My Background** I do approx 7000 miles a year and this mainly consists of my journey to work every day which is 10 miles city driving yet takes roughly 1 hour, therefore my average speed on this journey is 10mph !! However I also do occasional leisure drives around the country to visit family and friends. **Buying Experience** Obviously because the new model had only just been released I knew I would have to buy it brand new as there were no used ones on the market yet. So I went to the Ford dealership in Bolton to view the car and discuss prices. I felt the dealings I had with Ford were somewhat unprofessional which was probably due to the fact that I was only 21 at the time with little car buying experience and the salesman looked to be a similar age and inexperienced himself. The sale consisted of 3 separate visits to the showroom, the first included a test drive which went well and we maintained that to get the best value for what I wanted it would be best to go with the top of the range 'Titanium' model which at list price would be £15,000. The next 2 visits consisted of me trying to get the price down which worked and I eventually agreed to a price of £13,000. I was happy with the £2000 discount I received particularly because this was a new release car. The factory build and delivery of the car took roughly 2 months which I think is very respectable (especially when compared with other manufacturers such as Audi who estimate a 9 month wait!!) The car arrived as described and I was shown around it in detail and drove away happy. **My Car Spec** To summarise exactly which car I got it was the Fiesta Titanium 1.4 litre Petrol 3 door with the following add ons: full body kit and tinted rear windows. The colour I chose was Avalon which is a pale metallic blue with a greyish quality to it. **Exterior** This was the main thing that made me want this car. At the time of my purchase the exterior style was very unique and looked much more modern than other cars on the road. The shape of the car gives what used to be a boring looking hatchback a sporty feel and also a very modern feel. It was clear that a lot of thought had been put into the new style Fiesta and the new shape made it stand out from the crowd. Adding on the full bodykit was something I didn't regret, I was concerned it might look a bit 'boy racer-ish' yet it didn't at all, the bodykit and spoiler are actually quite subtle and don't look garish but instead add to the sporty look of the car. It cost £575 to add the bodykit which was done as part of the factory build. I was also happy with the tinted windows which again added to the overall look making the car look more streamlined and sporty. Because I chose the Titanium I got the metallic window trim (as opposed to black) which also looked great and made the car look more expensive. I decided to stay with the multi-spoke alloy wheels which come as standard with the Titanium and they looked great although the multiple spokes proved difficult when washing. I was really happy with the colour too. The colour Avalon is quite unusual and has an almost 2 tone effect to it. Sometimes it would look more blue but other times more grey, depending on the light. I liked this about it and it kept me interested. I think this car looks great in most colours but my personal favourites are white, black & Avalon. **Interior & Features** I had to sit in the car for 2 hours per day in mainly standstill traffic and never felt uncomfortable. The seats are great quality and seemed to fit someone of my size (5ft4) perfectly. The seats are easy to adjust and although I'm quite short I could easily reach the pedals and didn't need my seat on the closest setting to do so. This is a small car so isnt incredibly spacious but it never felt cramped either. However I think the car would be too small for anyone above 6ft. I rarely have passengers in the back but if I did everyone always managed to get in and fit in. The back seats are however quite small and it was a bit of a struggle getting 3 people in the back or anyone quite tall or large. The interior size of the car is perfect if you mainly have 1-2 people in it, and occasionally more. However if you regularly expect to have 3+ passengers in the car it may get annoying! The boot is a reasonable size for a small car and I could easily get our £80 weekly shop in there without any trouble. In terms of inner storage there is a standard size glove compartment which would fit the manual, log book and quite a few other useful bits&pieces. There are side door compartments on both doors, I used mine for CDS. There is no armrest as standard, however this could be added for an additional cost. Just below the radio there is a little compartment for storing your phone and money etc. And where the armrest would normally be there are 2 open cup holders, which I used for girly things like handcream, lipbalm etc! The radio consists of 6 pre-sets and one CD space. The sound quality can be adjusted and moved around the car. I enjoy listening to music in the car and found the sound quality and radio efficiency in the Fiesta was perfect. The radio volume and CD tracks can be controlled from the steering wheel which was a great feature and made changing tracks etc much safer. The radio is extremely user friendly, even if you are not a technology person The first time the clocks changed while I had the car I managed to change the time setting on the clock within a few seconds whilst driving the car. I was so impressed with this as most other cars require a read-through of the manual before being able to do even simple things like this. Because I ordered the Titanium I got almost all the interior features available to the Fiesta. The car had auto windscreen wipers which meant there is a rain sensor near the rearview mirror and if you set the wipers to auto they will decide when to start and what speed to move at. This idea is nice in theory but I found the sensor wasn't reactive enough and would only make the wipers come on when the windscreen was drenched and I could hardly see! They also tended to come on the intermittent setting even if the rain was heavy. Therefore I rarely used this feature and tended to work the wipers manually. I also had the auto lights which work in a similar way where you put them on the auto setting and they decide when to come on and how bright. This was actually quite useful and I was nearly always in auto setting, particularly in the winter months when its nearly always dark. However I think auto lights are a bit dangerous as they can't detect all situations, for example when it is raining heavily or snowing but bright they don't think they need to be on, so you have to do it manually. And they also don't detect fog. It probably explains why so many people drive round in fog with their lights off, because they are in auto setting and think its all taken care of! The car included the Ford patented Quick Clear Windscreen which is found on all new Fords. It basically means there are tiny elements covering every square cm of the windscreen (the lines can be seen very faintly but aren't distracting) and they heat very quickly, so if you're windscreen is frozen or misted over it clears 5 times as fast as any other car. This feature was wonderful and worked amazingly well. It is something I already miss loads having moved onto another car. Other features included were cruise control which was powered from the steering wheel. I rarely drive at a steady speed and do little motorway driving so had no need for this. However I did try it out once on the motorway as an experiment and found it worked well. The car also came with folding mirrors which may sound trivial but were one of my favourite features on the car. I had my Punto wingmirrors knocked off on more than one occasion but fortunately they were cheap black plastic ones, however I'm well aware of how much painted electronic wingmirrors are worth so found it really reassuring that they automatically tucked in whenever I locked my car. I know all mirrors manually fold in but it saves you thinking about it and remembering. This model now also comes with bluetooth as standard however this wasn't included when I bought it and is something I always wished I had added on. Other add ons that I didn't opt for include: leather seats, heated seats and parking sensors/rear camera. The only thing the car didn't include, which I found very disappointing, was a spare wheel. There is a space for a wheel underneath the boot but it is empty and instead you are given a wheel repair kit. The repair kit is a glue type gel that you can use to temporarily repair a hole in the tyre, however you would still need a new one and ultimately by using the glue you are iradicating any chance of a tyre repair as once you have used it you must completely replace the tyre. I did get a flat tyre once after driving over a bad pot hole and found that the damage to the tyre was too severe to consider using the repair kit. Therefore I had to call out the AA to tow my car to Ford. If I had just had a spare tyre in the car this could have been prevented. You can, however, purchase a spare tyre from Ford for £95 when ordering your new car. **Performance & Reliability** I had driven 2 cars prior to this and found it by far the best drive. It handled the roads well and was easy to adapt to. My current car (Audi A3) has taken me months to adapt to, however the Fiesta was so easy to get used to. The car sticks well to the road and turning and breaking were fine. I always felt safe in the car and could trust it to handle road conditions well. I suppose the only downside was that it wasn't quite fast enough, however this was no fault of the car. It was only a 1.4ltr petrol which was more than enough power to move a car of its size yet it struggled in certain situations. The main situations I found it struggled slightly were when driving on the motorway, it held its speed well at 70mph but getting there required effort and often lower gears than you would imagine. And overtaking at speeds over 70mph also required a bit more effort than I would have liked and gear dropping. I also noticed if I had 2 people in the back the car struggled more. As I said this isnt a critique of the car as a 1.4 normal petrol engine can only do so much. But I would say in terms of the engine and power behind it, this car is definitely more suited to town and city drivers than motorway drivers, and also is better suited to carrying 1-3 people, but no more than this. The car saw me through 2 particularly bad winters. We live in a countryside area on a hill so get the snow quite badly, and things aren't helped by the steep lane we live down. The car is front wheel drive and of course didn't glide over the snow quite like a 4x4 yet handled it surprisingly well. Of course there were times where it didn't stand a chance as the snow was deeper than its wheels, but when comparing it to friends and families cars in the snow it actually did better than most. It is also quite a light car so proves fairly easy to push out of snowy situations!! I only had the car for 3 years so it was always quite new therefore I wouldn't have expected any breakdowns etc, so I can confirm that I never had any issues with the car that weren't inflicted by myself (such as driving into a wall!) I had a 3 year warranty on the car and never once had to use it. I never paid too much attention to the fuel efficiency however it was usually at roughly 35mpg which isnt too bad considering I was mainly driving in the town at a slow and often unpredictable speed. However I am aware that 3 years down the line cars have improved a great deal and 35mpg is actually quite poor by today's standards. I know Ford have developed better engines in their new cars and are now offering a range of eco friendly options for the Fiesta with much better mpg expectancies. **Value** I was initially shocked at the list price of £15,000 for a small hatchback car. And to be honest I still think that price is steep and am glad I got a discount. After 3 years with 25,000 miles on the clock my car was valued at £7,000 during a trade-in. I researched this on the internet and found that selling privately the best estimated price for my car was £8000. Therefore it did lose a lot of value, but I suppose that's something you accept when buying a brand new car. **Experience with Ford** I returned to the dealership a few times while I had the Ford. I had 3 services, an MOT, a tyre replacement and body work repairs. I found the service department easy to deal with very helpful and efficient. All work was done to a good standard and the prices came across as honest and reasonable considering I was doing it direct with Ford. I was never tempted to deviate towards private garages as the service and prices at Ford were competitive. I have now moved on to an Audi however will quite miss my dealings with the staff at Ford in Bolton who were always very friendly and professional. **Overall Opinion** This is a very reliable little car which I think is suited best to women or smaller men (no offence intended!!) who do the majority of their driving in the town/city and don't carry many people/weight in the car. It is described by Ford as a 'city car' and this is exactly what it is. The car is built well and all features are to a high quality. It did lose its value quite dramatically but I don't regret the money I spent on this car and would highly recommend it.

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        30.06.2012 16:50

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        Overall a good little run around however not so suitable for longer journeys or children

        I've owned a ford fiesta 03 1.4 diesel for just over three years now and its surved fairly well as a family run around clocking many miles during the process. It was bought from a friend who runs a business selling ex police cars and the like. He is a reliable mechanic and good friend which was why there was no problem forking out just over 2000 for it. After doing nearly 106,000 miles there are a few problems. The fuel line seems to be an issue with fiestas and twice has needed replacing in this car because of an air leak. The spare parts however are easy to come across even in the remotest part of rural france! Another issue is that the seats i find to be very uncomfortable when travelling long journeys and this model lacks many things such as air con and electric windows which makes it a general pain in the backside when abroad. Good points include fuel economy, this is a very economic car which uses very little fuel to go a long way, it's also fairly spacious inside which is useful when transporting large objects (wardrobes and beds in particular). Looks wise it's nothing special however this model wasnt built for looks so dont expect much. Overall a good car, slight engine niggles but this is to be expected at over 100,000 miles.

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        04.03.2012 00:56
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        great first time car or town run about

        from having a skoda fabia for 6 months (also reviewed hint hint) this car is like a rolls royce( in comparison to my old car), but i sharnt be bias because nobody likes that. my 2004 plate fiesta 1.25 is a great car, the clutch has not let me down althought the clutch point is high and sometimes for a newish driver to be changing gears there is some grinding but thats my fault (woooops), the engine has more than enough power to make overtaking a lorry or a tracter on country lanes posible and it is good with fuel. The insurance on the car is also resonable for a new driver so it makes for a good first car. the bad thing is that it has a built is stereo that comes in 3 pieces and the whole dash needs taking out and some of the dash needs cutting away and a new facia putting in if you want a non standard stereo that is a pain, and even halfords dont like doing it (since they broke my wiring doing it and are now paying for it). back to the car the suspension is good and gives it a good ride comfort, having 3 doors give more room for the front passanger, the boot is abit on the small side not that i need it for much, uni work doesnt take up lots of room. and it is generally a fun car to drive at a reasonable speed. For fuel cOnsumption it is quite good as I spend £50 for roughly 370-400 miles depending on how I drive ( but fuel prices are going up so it will make fuel go up), the upholstery is good and durable since it has my dog climbing all over it, it is also easy to clean from hairs and mud marks. The drive quality is good and fun most the times so it is not a boring car to drive and it is very reliable.

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          02.08.2011 03:49

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          With the warranty this car caused me no pending issues and is a car fit for all types of people.

          I purchased my Fiesta Zetec 1.4 in November 2009 from new. The colour I chose was called Vision which is the sky metallic blue and it looks beautiful, this colour is perfect for those who want to turn heads and for the people out there, like myself, who do not have time to wash it as regularly as they would like as this colour does not show up the dirt and sparkles in all weathers. The car itself is a good drive, comfortable, good acceleration, spacious and compact. It has all the bonus features such as: bluetooth, voice activation, lights that stay on to show you the way in the dark etc. The fiesta Zetec has an attractive dash and appears very modern, it is a pleasure to be in. Ive only had one problem with the car, this is that within the first 6months I had to get a new wheel bearing! This was done on the warranty however highly disappointed me as you do not expect to get a new car and have to return it to the garage within a year. Unfortunately I think my bearing on the other side is going now too. Apart from this I love my car and would recommend this model to anyone, its sexy for the ladies, sporty for the gents and an all round attractive comfortable modern car.

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          17.03.2011 17:37

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          a nice little car but a lot of problems in my experience

          I bought my 1999 Ford Fiesta Ghia back in October 2007. I paid £1500 which was a bargain at the time as the car was worth £3000. I was really pleased with the car during the first few months of owning it, then more and more I was getting problem after problem. My first issue, that I had right from the very start was when I had just turned on the engine and was driving, if I slowed down to turn a corner and changed gear, the car would just turn off. Once the car had warmed up it was fine, but I became a professional at starting/steering my car on main roads after it had cut out. One problem that was NEVER sorted was the Hand brake despite having it repaired at least 5 times. It never held on a hill and I was always worrying whenever I parked on even the slightest of hills that I would go outside and my car would be gone. Another issue I had was when the clutch broke, followed by the exhaust in the same week, costing me a fortune to fix. Even then the clutch wasn't sorted properly and had to go back in soon after. Then last Christmas when the weather was really cold, my car decided that after driving about all day, it would not restart. I went to the petrol station to fill up and had no previous problems with starting in cold etc. When I went to restart, it just would not fire up. After about 15 minutes of waiting before trying again the car then fired up and drove as normal. After then turning off the engine and trying again, the same issue. This continued throughout the cold weather of 2009/2010 and after Christmas it would not start for two weeks straight. Took it to the garage they couldn't find any faults with it, and thought it could be something to do with the brain of the car which is a pricey MAYBE. So I left it, not wanting to pay so much on a whim. Then out of the blue it fired up again. As soon as the weather warmed up a little- about Feb/March, the issue had completely gone... Until the cold started again in October 2010. Again I had been to the petrol station to fill up having had no issues since the previous winter. Came back to the car, tried to start it and nothing. I thought at first that it was the same issue as the previous year so waited about 20 minutes or so for it to cool down. Tried it and nothing. I ended up calling the RAC, who tried for well over an hour to get it going but couldn't. They then towed me home and told me the fault was throttle based. The car just refused to start after that unless you poured petrol onto the spark plugs-which probably isn't very safe. My car that I had grown to hate over the years with all of the problems, ended up going on a one way trip to the scrap yard

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          16.03.2011 17:54

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          Great, reliable car.

          I drive a ford fiesta 1.2 four door zetec from end of 2007. It is a fantastic car. Mine is in silver, and looks good while not getting too dirty, unlike the black one that my parents used to own. Moreover, it has a mix between a sporty look and a "cute look" like that of the nissan micra, which presents it as a compromise for a family like mine where there are both men and women driving the car. You may think that 1.2L is not enough for a four door car like this, but trust me, it is, it is fast to accelerate, quick up hills even with 5 passengers, and powerful enough to easily cruise along the motorway at 70/80 mph. Unlike many similar cars it does not rattle whenever driven fast, and it seems to possess power beyond what you expect. The steering is very good, responsive but not too sensitive, and the seats are all comfy, I vouch that 5 sporty boys can comfortably fit in this car, and the boot is HUGE for a car like this, easily fitting all our sports kit, with easily enough room for the dog when we want to put him in there. My one has a radio, CD, and ipod jack, so it is easy to listen to music on the go through surprisingly good speakers. All in all this is a great car that I would recommend to anyone, and oh, it is great value too.

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          10.08.2010 00:22

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          Perfect little car - been all over the country in all weathers and conditions - no problems!

          I drive a Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.4 3 door, registered in 2004 (54 plate). This is by far the best, most comfortable, most economical (as far as possible anyway) and most reliable car I have driven. The car has never once let me down, drives smoothly, has great turning capability and is high enough from the ground that you dont feel every single lump and bump. The car has all the extras - air con, cd, electric mirrors and windows, heated front and rear screens, alloys, alarm etc. the car drives extremely well, started every time first time, has a massive boot, and is brilliant in petrol consumption, i fill up once every fortnight and thats approx 300 - 325 miles. The car looks great too, looks a bit sportier than the 5 door, and the 1.4 engine is fast but at times takes a while to get there! I normally "swap cars" through boredom every couple of years but have had this for 5 years and am not even considering changing it.

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          25.04.2010 02:12
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          cheap 2nd car or 1st time owner

          The car I own is a 04 plate model. It is the finesse one which is the base model so no real toys. The inside is functional but not very nice plastics. There is a feeling of cheapness and penny pinching about the interior which drags on into the drivetrain components of the car. One morning we came out to find the springs on the suspension had just collapsed without even being touched. the engine is quite nice. lots of grunt in 3rd and 4th with motorway driving being not too scary although the car can be dragged about by lorries or the wind at speed. The brakes do not add to the feeling of safety being quite underpowered and take a long time before they kick in while using the pedal. The clutch is light which most people will like also All the control are at easy reach and the radio is very simple to use. It stands out as a nicely designed unit with a CD player as standard. The worst colour to get is normally red as it fades too quickly but our car is red and the colour which not as red as it once was is not noticable unless you park next to a brand new red car. In short then a nice simple car to own and drive which shouldnt cause you too many problems but sadly also not much excitement

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          25.04.2010 01:46

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          Great value, cheap to run

          As a new young driver, driving a 2002 Fiesta feels like a real privilege to drive. Driving this Car, compared with a couple of others (instructor's etc), is a dream. The handling is great, reliability is great, brakes are great and for an 8 year old car, less has gone wrong then you'd expect. The High-Tension leads went a few weeks ago, but this was relatively cheap to replace, also one of the clips on the Cam Belts went, again this was replaced without real pain. I've done a couple of longer journeys in the Car, Plymouth-Cambridge, Plymouth-Warwick and Plymouth-Lancaster, it handles itself well on the motor-ways although it does shake a bit in windy weather at 70 mph, it feels like the wind gets underneath the car, making it feel less grounded. Also the car seating after a while becomes uncomfortable after extended period of driving, more so than perhaps cars with a luxury interior. The radio is great, if a little boring and standard looking, and it has an annoying lockout system where, if you don't know the code, it can be a real nightmare to get sorted. Overall though this car is great, ideal for something to learn in, fantastic around town, suitable for both young and experienced drivers, and on the whole a reliable car.

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          14.04.2010 10:59

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          Too many mistakes on this car, but no problems with other ford cars we've had

          We have a white Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCI Zetec with a 58 plate. Since purchasing the vehicle it has had numerous problems. The biggest problem to date is that the paintwork was going rusty only a month after purchase. The rust has come through about four or five time and it took over six months for ford to rectify the problem. Apparently ford even knew there was a problem with the paintwork before we purchased it. There have been problems with the instrument cluster (dash) on more than one occasion-causing the car to add miles, the trip computer kept re-setting itself and the red PATS light keeps flashing while driving. It has taken over a year to fit a new instrument cluster. There have also been problems with the radio (no volume), and upon purchase there were interior lights missing. We have been very disappointed with ford, as when you purchase a new car you expect it to be in perfect working condition-that however has not been the case. This is the only car by Ford we have purchased that has had any problems. Other people we have spoken to regarding the new Ford Fiesta have been happy with theirs-so I would just say we have been unlucky. We have driven quite a few ford cars between us and they have always been extremely reliable till now.

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          31.03.2010 02:33
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          A great car which drives well, but the automatic is costly to run.

          As an owner of a Ford Fiesta automatic (2009 model), I will be completely honest with my experience of the car. I'll list everything as bullet points, as I find that easier to digest than a heap of text! Handling: Very good in this area and smooth gear changes. The only other car which is on par is the Vauxhall Corsa. Comfort: Overall, not bad. My ownly gripe would be the lack of headroom in the back. Cost: Good and bad. The car feels more expensive than the price tag, and if you shop around you can get it for under £15,000. However, the fuel cost is quite high for the automatic model compared to other cars (i.e. Grande Punto). Looks: This is where the Ford Fiesta wins hands down. I don't think there is another hatchback with looks (interior and exterior) that can match the new Fiesta. There is also a lot of customizing with the new Fiesta; if you are willing to spend that little extra! The Ford Fiesta 2009 (automatic) is a great looking car, but comes at a cost when filling it up. If you prefer manual, then the cost of fuel will be cut down considerably. If you want an automatic, I would consider the Grande Punto; it may not have all the perks of the Fiesta but doesn't cost as much to run.

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          16.01.2010 12:38

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          Good car for town and motorway driving

          I have a ford fista style climate (2005-2008 model). I bought this car as I needed to replace my ford ka quickly as it was getting old and starting to need lots of repairs. I must say Im really happy with this car, and would choose the same again given a similar budget and needs. Its bigger than it looks, it can manage a camping holiday away for 3people plus luggage easily. It manages on the motorway, and is reasonable for city driving. However, its not quite as nippy as my Ka was. It has everything that yo need in a car, although not luxury extras like steering wheel radio controls or leather steering wheel- I couldn't justify spending the extra for these in the zetec model. The 1.25 engine does struggle up some city hills, again more than my Ka did. The air conditioning and heated front windscreen were well worth the extra, makes summer driving a lot more bearable, and de-icing the car a lot easier in the winter. There is limited room in the back seat, and with 3 adults in the back visibility from the rear windscreen is more difficult. I have now had the car for 2 yeears (28,000 miles), with minimal problems. I would recomend the car to anyone wanting a cheap small car.

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          22.05.2009 08:23
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          Economic and fun small car to drive.

          It was the summer of 2007 when a little black car found its way into the road next to my humble abode. There had been a delay with the delivery of my new acquisition (due to a third party) but there it was, my brand new Ford Fiesta. I had bought the car through the internet for the first time and it wasn't long before I was coming to terms with my little box fo tricks. Before the Fiesta I had been driving a Mondeo. Driving a Mondeo to me was like driving a metal barge! Whilst the handling was good it'd sometimes struggle with a couple of hills round my way and country lanes are a blooming nightmare when you have to try and dive into small spaces. What a difference with the Fiesta. I'd gone for a quite high spec version and the 1.6 engine laughs at hills. With the clever fold away mirrors you can shrink your car and snuggle quite nicely into a passing point whilst the ubiquitous white vans go merrily on their way in the opposite direction. Acceleration is zippy and the Fiesta hugs the bends with no problem at all. In fact it can be quite fun. The road seems a lot bigger in a Fiesta than a Mondeo and you get much more appreciation of speed. Parking is a breeze. I had a rear parking sensor fitted (very useful device) and you could almost shut your eyes and wait for the beep as you reverse, not that I ever had I would quickly like to add :D Petrol consumption is pretty good if you drive sensibly. Currently I'm at 40.4 mpg and bearing in mind I often hit traffic on the A2 that aint too bad. My version is fitted with an automatic gearbox. It selects the right gear at the right time (unlike my old Mondeo!) and there's been no problems as yet (touch wood!) The car is surprisingly capacious inside and I swear I have just as much room as when I drove the Mondeo. The boot isn't that large though but hey, it is a Fiesta after all! Disadvantages would be that it can be quite noisy at high speed. Undoubtedly detractors would also comment on some of the build quality as opposed to say a Civic but then this is much cheaper. In my opinion this is a good solid car and fun to drive.

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          27.07.2008 13:09
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          Excellent choice with few real flaws

          The majority of my learner driving took place in a Ford Fiesta so I became very familiar with the car. For a first time car or a low level driver, I found the Fiesta very hard to beat. It's a great little run around that drives smoothly and has a sensibly proportioned interior giving ample space for both driver and passengers. In addition, the car is aesthetically pleasing, not excessively priced, and it has reasonable fuel efficiency. In terms of the interior facilities, these are enough to allow the car to be driven with a degree of comfort and entertainment, but not so plentiful that the dashboard confuses. As a downside I would say that I often struggled to apply the handbrake fully - as a female driver I perhaps don't have the same strength as male drivers and this caused the occasional problem with hill starts. In addition, the gear changes could sometimes be a little inconclusive - neutral often being selectd rather than second. On the flip side, the gears are nice and far apart so this didn't happen very frequently.

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