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Ford Fiesta Style 1.25
Member Name: AmyP1985
Ford Fiesta Style 1.25
Date: 22/03/12, updated on 23/07/12 (210 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap to run, Nice looking
Disadvantages: Wouldn't be big enough for families with more than two kids in car seats.
After researching several car models we decided to purchase a new Fiesta back in 2009, we purchased the car on finance and traded it in for another brand new Fiesta in 2011.
The Ford Fiesta Style comes standard with a few features including Electric Power Assisted Steering, Front and Side Air Bags, Traction Assist, Front Electric windows and an MP3 compatible CD Player/Radio (4 front speakers and AUX connection). The Fiesta has the Ford Easy Fuel capless refuelling system, which does make it easier and quicker to fill up the tank.
The Exterior: In my opinion the Ford Fiesta is quite stylish, originally it was the looks of the car that drew me in to wanting to find out more. The Fiesta has body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler and door mirrors, the door and boot handles are also body coloured. It's a very sleek and modern looking car.
The Interior: Although the Fiesta would be categorised as a small car it is quite spacious inside. There is adequate leg room for front and rear passengers (we have a 6'7" friend who has sat comfortably in the back) and three people can comfortably fit in the back of the car. Since buying our first Fiesta in 2009 we have had two children so now require car seats in the back of the car. Both car seats (Britax First Class & Britax Evolva 1-2-3) fit well in the Fiesta, however there is no longer enough space in the back centre seat to carry an additional passenger, this isn't a problem for us but could be for some. This car definitely isn't big enough for a family with more than two young children.
The seats are all comfortable, with adjustable head rests. The front seats, as you would expect can be moved backwards and forwards, the drivers seat with additional up and down movement. The steering wheel column is also adjustable.
There are two useful cup holders between the front seats, along with space for additional items (baby wipes in our case). There are also the usual door pockets and a storage pocket on the back of the front passenger seat (you know, for colouring books and sweets).
The dash board is laid out well and easy to use. The air conditioning / heater controls are in the centre, along with the CD player / radio. The radio and CD player can be controlled from the dash board or by the driver using buttons on the steering wheel, making it easier and safer to do while driving. The dial for controlling the headlights is in the right of the steering wheel. There are the usual levers for indicating and controlling the windscreen wipers. The wipers have several speeds and there is also a rear wiper, which activates automatically if reversing while the front wipers are switched on but can also be activated manually.
The front windows are electric, on the drivers side the button can be clicked once to open / close, or held down to manually control how open or closed you want the window to be. The front passengers window doesn't have the one-click feature and the rear windows can only be opened with the old fashioned turning of the handles. The only problem with the rear windows is that you can knock the handles quite easily when getting things in and out of the car and the window ends up open slightly without you even noticing.
The Boot: in my opinion the boot is quite large, we easily fit a weeks shopping in there alongside a pushchair, or no shopping and two pushchairs. The parcel shelf is removable to give you more space and the back seats can be folded down, handy for trips to Ikea!
Performance: although only a 1.25i, I find the Fiesta quite powerful for a car of this type. It accelerates away quickly and reaches speed easily. The power assisted steering is brilliant and the Fiesta has a great turning circle. The breaks are good, reacting quickly but not too harshly.
Running costs: this is one of my favourite things about the Fiesta. We opted for Diesel, therefore our tax currently only costs £20 per year! Brilliant! At the moment (July 2012) it costs us around £50 to fill the tank and we will get around 400 miles from a full tank. The insurance isn't too expensive, although obviously personal circumstances will affect this, I have over 5 years no claims and am 27 years old and the insurance is around £300 a year. As we bought the car brand new we don't have to have an MOT for the first 3 years and we are on the Ford Service plan so pay £16 a month to cover services, so unlike previous cars we have owned (the Audi A2 will remain nameless haha) we have had no very expensive unexpected costs (touch wood).
I would definitely recommend this car, it is the second Ford Fiesta we have owned and we haven't experienced any problems with either, and I would definitely buy another. The only reason not to buy one is if you have a large family.
Summary: Definitely recommend for small families