Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is a humble hatchback that’s as fun to drive as some sports cars thanks to its sharp handling and precise, well-weighted steering. Keen drivers will love its responsive, composed nature on demanding roads, but it’s the Fiesta’s ability to put a smile on your face on even the most mundane journey that’s most endearing. ST-Line versions of the Fiesta receive sports suspension with a lower ride height. This makes the Fiesta even more agile and grippy, which is great if you want hot hatch handling.

The 1.0 Ecoboost engines have been boosted to contain a mild hybrid with offering of 93bhp, 123bhp and 153bhp It’s a great engine that is peppy around town and comfortable on longer motorway trips. The sweet 125 (123bhp) version – while the 153bhp version pulls eagerly from low revs yet loves to be revved beyond 6000rpm, both these versions now have a mild hybrid. system.

The Fiesta’s funky shape does compromise visibility slightly, with relatively small rear side windows hampering your over-the-shoulder view. Mind you, the high driving position gives a good view of the road ahead and the view out of junctions isn’t too restricted.A heated windscreen that can de-ice frost off the screen in moments is a major boon in winter and is standard on all trims apart from entry-level Style. Rear parking sensors are standard on all trim lines as part of the Ford deal with Motability, while a reversing camera is fitted to Titanium X, ST-Line X and Vignale trims. The 8 inch touchscreen that comes on Titanium models and above is bright and relatively simple to use, Zetec and ST-Line trims make do with a smaller 6.5in touchscreen that doesn’t have a built-in sat-nav (presently a free upgrade) All trims come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to tether your phone and control selected apps through the car’s touchscreen. The upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system is seriously punchy and well worth considering if you love music. This comes as standard on B&O editions, while a glovebox-mounted CD player is optional on all Fiestas.

Our favourite trim, Zetec, is one rung up the ladder and brings alloy wheels, a heated windscreen, front fog lights, a smarter-looking interior and a much more advanced infotainment package. Titanium trim is also worth a look, adding cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, keyless start, automatic lights and wipers and sat-nav. ST-Line trim adds 17 inch alloys, stiffer sports suspension, figure-hugging seats and various sporty styling touches, including a body kit and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Vignale prices start at £445. Full Ford Fiesta Prices

Summer Best Buy – Ford Fiesta ‘Titanium X’ 1.0 123bhp petrol Manual  5 door –  £95 Advance Payment (£64.42 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Ford Fiesta ‘ST line X’ 1.0 153bhp petrol Manual  5 door  –  £295 Advance Payment (£65.74 wpms)