The Fiesta is one of the UK’s best-selling small cars. With an involving ride, good reliability and striking looks, it’s easy to see why. However, with so many trim levels and interior features it’s hard to pick the right one. That’s why we’ve picked the three best cars that we could find from the range, catering for three different requirements.
The Smart choice for saving money – Fiesta Studio
The base-level Fiesta still has an incredible amount of standard equipment on offer. There’s an AUX input for connecting MP3 players, electrically-operated and heated door mirrors along with electrically-operated front windows. It even has tinted windows and daytime running lights. Under the bonnet, there’s a 1.2-litre engine, with power sent via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Fiesta may be smaller in size than most cars, but interior space is excellent. With a decent sized boot, there's more than enough room for a week's shopping – and plenty enough rear legroom for passengers too.
The Fiesta Studio is easily the best option for those on a budget, as it offers decent levels of equipment in an attractive package at an affordable price. The 1.2-litre engine is economical, so fuel payments should be low. With the retail customer saving that Ford is offering at the moment taken into account, this Fiesta, with electric windows and tinted windows, comes in at an incredible £8,645. For an entire, brand new car, that’s value that’s hard to beat.
The Smart choice for value – Fiesta Red Edition
The Red Edition builds on the fundamentals of the Studio, but adds even more equipment both inside and out. For a £15,845 outlay, you get black 17-inch 8-spoke alloys wheels, and a contrast ‘Panther Black’ roof with matching door mirror cap. On the inside, there’s a leather trimmed steering wheel and a leather-trimmed handbrake with red stitching. Also, there are floor mats which feature matching red stitching.
Under the bonnet is Ford’s capable 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which provides an excellent mix of both power and economy. It suits the character of the Fiesta, giving excellent throttle response despite its smaller size.
With lowered sports suspension, the Red Edition is even more engaging to drive than the standard Fiesta. Whilst the 1.0-litre may be diminutive in size, it is able to power the Red Edition from 0-62mph in 9 seconds, but still achieves a combined consumption figure of 62.8mpg.
The Smart choice for technophiles – Fiesta ST
The ST is the full-fat Fiesta at the top of the range. It’s also an absolute riot to drive, thanks to its ST suspension with a lowered ride height. Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, the ST can crack 62mph in 6.9 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 139mph. It does all this while also achieving a combined consumption figure of 47.9mpg. Keeping the fun in check are front and rear disc brakes, providing excellent stopping power in any scenario. With a full bodystyling kit and a rear spoiler, it certainly looks the part, too.
Inside, the ST has full Recaro bucket seats trimmed in Silverstone Grey fabric, which give plenty of support with their large bolstered side sections. A steering wheel with audio controls is also provided, along with air conditioning.
The Fiesta ST is definitely one for not only technophiles, but also spirited drivers. With more power than the rest of the range, the ST is definitely fast enough to put a grin the faces of even the most serious of racers. Of course, with a price of £17,545 is commands a premium over the rest of the range, but given the performance on offer, it’s hard to find fault.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
December 9, 2015