What’s New?Following on from the Fiesta, this is facelifted version of Ford’s high-rise supermini. The dash gets a new soft-moulded skin, revised switchgear and a new audio system. Outside, the nose styling has been tweaked.
What’s it like?Like a taller Fiesta, with a higher driving position. There are aspects of its design that are genuinely useful, such as the lipless boot opening, fold-forward front passenger seat (essential for the flatpack generation) and comfortable driving position. It can also swallow four adults thanks to the high roofline and easy entry and exit.It handles neatly enough though suffers noticeably more roll than the Fiesta. But its biggest problem is poor background refinement, with tyre noise noticeably worse than the Fiesta. However, the diesel engine also pulls noticeably better than its 1.4-litre sister.
Should I get one?If you want a five-door Fiesta, it’s worth a look at the right price. But then the sophisticated Honda Jazz has equal load carrying versatility for less money, the Renault Modus is better finished and more stylish and the Vauxhall Meriva is a proper MPV.