February 13, 2019 at 1:25 PM
First introduced into the UK market in 1976, the Ford Fiesta is now in its seventh generation which was released in 2017. Although built in Ford's production plant in Cologne, a lot of development work for the current Mk7 version has taken place in the UK. All the Fiesta's engines were developed at Ford's Research and Development Centre in Dunton and Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre.
The class-leading B-Segment hatch has been the most popular model in the UK since 2008 and officially overtook the Ford Escort in 2014 as the best-selling car in the UK ever. In fact, the Fiesta currently outsells the next best-selling model by almost two to one.
We take a look at why so many people choose to get behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta.
Despite the rise of the SUV on UK roads in the last decade, the traditional hatchback is still the dominant style for British Drivers with 7 of the top 10 best-selling cars of 2018 in this mould.
The Fiesta's compact dimensions make driving around narrower city streets and parking in tight spaces much easier tasks. However, it has grown by 20.5cm since it was first launched.
Unlike some of its competitors, the Fiesta is available in both three- and five-door versions. In the boot there's 292 litres of space in the three-door model which increases to 303 litres when you add the two extra doors - that's enough space to fit a large suitcase or a pram. With the rear seats folded down, there over 1,000 litres to play with.
On the inside, the seventh generation has improved the amount of head and leg room for passengers in the rear seats. There's enough space for three adults to complete short journeys while two fully-grown passengers would be able to travel long distances in comfort.
As a driver, the steering wheel and driver's seat comes with a number of adjustments so you can find the perfect driving position.
Creating a small car that is safe, economical and fun to drive is no mean feat, but something the engineers at Ford have consistently achieved with the Fiesta. It's true that some competitors might be more spacious, more comfortable or even cheaper; but none of them provide as much enjoyment behind the wheel as Ford's supermini.
By combining sharp steering with a well-balanced chassis, the Fiesta delivers a perfect blend of fun and comfort. Even a driver that just uses their car to get from A to B will be able to appreciate the superior handling, grip and lack of resistance.
The latest model is powered by a range of 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engines that received the International Engine of the Year award consecutively for three years and have continued to be developed for even greater performance levels.
The Fiesta is not the cheapest hatchback on the market, but it does offer excellent value for money and is well worth spending your hard-earned cash on. Within the hatchback segment, it is competitively priced against its rivals, offering some premium and fully equipped models for those willing to pay more.
Everyone knows that investing in a car means that you need to accept a significant loss (from depreciation) when you come to sell it on. Despite this, the Fiesta is able to boast good residual values, and because it is such a popular car, there is a wide audience of buyers in the used market looking to become Fiesta owners.
Depending on the version you choose, it sits within insurance groups starting from 2E only reaching up to 15E, so even a new driver could get a reasonably priced premium.
In terms of running costs, Ford offer fixed price servicing with a large dealer network (including Aberdare Ford) that can be utilised to maintain your Fiesta. The 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engines are able to achieve up to 65.7mpg, whereas their 1.5 litre diesel counterparts have combined fuel consumption figures of over 80mpg.
Having a car that looks nice and is fun to drive is one thing, but ultimately, every driver just wants a car that is reliable and one they can depend on. Since 1992, there have only been 23 recalls across five Fiesta generations - most of which were for minor faults only.
Should anything go wrong with your Fiesta, you can utilise the large dealer network and parts will be easy to come by as a result of the model's popularity.
The most recent version received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety award with a higher than 80% score for adult and child occupant protection.
For a model that's been on our streets for more than 40 years, the Fiesta has always fitted into its era by modernising and evolving accordingly. The 2008 redesign was a marked departure from the previous model which brought the car firmly into the 21st Century.
One of the biggest advantages that the Fiesta has over its competitors is that it doesn't have a stereotype attached to it - there's no typical demographic. You're just as likely to see a Fiesta with L-plates as one with an elderly driver behind the wheel or two car seats in the back.
The facelifted sixth generation (released in 2013) was the best-selling version yet, so it's no surprise that Ford didn't stray too far from the design with the latest generation. If anything, the Fiesta has been softened and simplified using straighter lines.
The interior has been fully modernised with the button overkill dashboard replaced by a touchscreen infotainment system that gets more sophisticated (and bigger) as you move up the trims.
The Fiesta is a well-equipped model that comes with a lane-keeping system, automatic headlights and air conditioning as standard. The innovative MyKey feature is available on all models and allows you to set the maximum speed limit and control the volume of the audio system - perfect if you've got a young driver you want to keep an eye on.
Zetec models are traditionally the best-selling versions. They come equipped with a 6.5" touchscreen display with Ford's SYNC3 software, DAB Radio and a heated windscreen. The next level up Titanium model upgrades the size of the touchscreen to 8" and incorporates a sat nav as well as a 4.2" screen between the dials to show driving data.
For more premium versions of the Fiesta, you can choose B&O PLAY editions (which add a Bang & Olufsen sound system with ten speakers and a subwoofer) or the range-topping Vignale model which adds leather heated quilted seats, a panoramic sunroof and 17" alloy wheels.
For those wanting more performance from their Fiesta, Ford have developed the Fiesta ST - a hot hatch that won both the 'Hot Hatch of the Year' and 'Car of the Year' accolades at the Top Gear Awards 2018.
It comes with three Selectable Driving Modes: Normal, Sport and Track. By modifying brake pedal and steering response as well as engine mapping and throttle position, each mode fine-tunes the car's performance.
The Fiesta ST receives a brand new 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine that posts a 0-60mph time of just 6.5 seconds. Exhilarating on the track and joyful around town, the hot hatch Fiesta provides the perfect combination for everyday driving and weekend racedays.
As standard, it comes with Recaro sports front seats, ST sports suspension and a ST flat bottomed steering wheel. On the outside there are 17" 5-spoke Flash Grey alloy wheels and a unique ST upper grille.
If you want to join a significant proportion of the UK and become the proud owner of a Ford Fiesta, visit Aberdare Ford. Our modern showroom is open seven days and week and is located on New Cardiff Road.