Ford has confirmed that it has removed diesel engines from the line-up of its best-selling Fiesta supermini, with limited uptake being to blame.

Previously Ford had offered the current Fiesta with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, available with outputs of either 84bhp or 118bhp, but this has now been axed.

According to the firm, just two to three per cent of new Fiestas registered this year came with a diesel engine, while the engine would have to meet tighter emissions criteria for diesel cars, known as RDE2. A spokesman added that “neither demand nor RDE2 readiness can accommodate it” in the range.

With diesel engines being removed, it leaves buyers with the choice of a naturally-aspirated 74bhp 1.1-litre petrol unit, a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol available with 94bhp, 123bhp or 153bhp and a 197bhp 1.5-litre petrol found in the ST hot hatch.

The models producing 123bhp and 153bhp are available with the firm’s latest mild-hybrid system, though, which aims to improve efficiency and reduce running costs – allowing the Fiesta to return up to 56.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

It follows a growing trend of manufacturers looking to remove diesel engines from their ranges due to falling sales – especially on smaller cars. Popular superminis like the Mini, Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza are also not available with diesel engines new, either.