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Small-engined Fiesta has plenty of capacity to impress

Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

21 November 2008

What is it?

This is the Ford Fiesta 1.25i Zetec. It’s powered by the smallest engine available in the Ford Fiesta range, and is none the worse for it.

With just 81bhp on offer in a car weighing 1098kg, the Ford Fiesta 1.25i Zetec is not the nippy runabout it was when the 1.25-litre engine appeared two generations ago.

But getting behind the wheel proves that there’s much more to this car than its headlining abilities of low running costs and stylish looks.

What’s it like?

If there’s one thing that really stands out about the Ford Fiesta 1.25i Zetec, it’s how easy and fun it is to wring out its full potential.

It takes no effort at all to maintain a decent pace, thanks to the balance and grip the Ford Fiesta gets from its excellent chassis set-up. This, matched with the slick gearchange and responsive steering, makes the 1.25i Zetec one of the most enjoyable models in the Ford Fiesta range.

Around town the 1.25-litre engine provides a surprising amount of low-down urge, and makes the car a joy to weave around traffic and roundabouts.

The only real let-down is engine noise, which often intrudes into the cabin around town and becomes an incessant buzz on the motorway, though the decent ride quality and comfortable driver’s seat makes it a perfectly decent long-distance companion otherwise.

Should I buy one?

Without doubt. If you want a hatch that can return almost 50mpg and still deliver on your favourite B-road, then the Ford Fiesta is a great option and the 1.25-litre engine only enhances its talents.

If you don’t go on motorways regularly, think carefully about the delights of this small petrol engine before parting with the cash you’ll need for the diesel version.

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Comments
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21 November 2008

Blimey, getting official...... Victoria Parrott now!

This 1.25 engine is a cracker, it always has been, even when it was fitted to the Mk4 Fiesta. A lot of manufacturers would do well to bench mark this unit for its free spinning and genuinely interesting nature. You certainly won't hear any asthmatic wheezes or strained tones from the engine bay with this sweet little engine.

I did always wonder why Ford never fitted it to the lighter (Ford not Fiat) KA. Would have made it an almost perfect small car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 November 2008

[quote TegTypeR]I did always wonder why Ford never fitted it to the lighter (Ford not Fiat) KA.  Would have made it an almost perfect small car. [/quote] Bye bye fiesta 3 door sales if they'd done that. Price would have gone up a bit as well. I always thought they'd still have made more money; it'd have been more economical and more fun - even if it'd stolen sales from the fiesta it'd have been worth it with increased overall ka sales

1 December 2008

Could just be that the 1.25 simply wouldn't fit under the Ka's bonnet (perhaps related to crashworthiness rules). Sure I read that somewhere, but may be wrong. With DOHC, the 1.25 may well be a fair bit taller than the old pushrod 1.3.

2 December 2008

What a fantastic little engine! Makes you wonder why they kept the old 1.3 going for so long.

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