What is it: The latest generation of Britain’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta.
Key features: Improved quality and connectivity, excellent driving characteristics
Our view: The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK for good reason, and the new model is a welcome improvement in most areas.
Review type: First drive


The Ford Fiesta has been the top-selling car in the United Kingdom for the last eight years, and for good reason. But the new car market is a constantly-changing environment, and even the best in the business need to keep improving.

The new Fiesta is considered an “all-new” model, which means that although there are many carry-over mechanical bits underneath, the car has been redesigned from scratch.

Not that you’d really notice at first glance. Unlike the first six generations of Ford Fiesta models, the exterior styling is a subtle evolution of the previous model. Inside, however, it’s a big jump forward. And that’s most welcome, because the dash layout and interior trim were two of the last Fiesta’s weaknesses.

We drove the new model on its launch in Spain, in both petrol and diesel forms. A more comprehensive review of the UK-spec car on UK roads is coming soon. So how does the Fiesta shape up against perennial rivals like the Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz and others?

Next page: Design

Ford Fiesta ST-Line, Vignale and Titanium models

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Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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