New supermini spied in Britain
22 August 2008

The new Ford Fiesta has arrived in the UK – and we can confirm that it looks great on British roads.

Visitors to the recent British International Motor Show have already had a chance to see the Fiesta on the stand, but this is the first time we’ve seen one moving under its own power in the UK.

Despite its Cologne registration plate, this version was right-hand drive and was spied travelling around the M25.

The rear is consistent with Ford's current styling direction – indeed, from a distance it looks very much like the back of the new Ford Kuga.

And the wraps will be coming off the new Fiesta very soon – visit this Monday for to read our first drive.


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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

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22 August 2008

I've seen a number, always with trade plates, going around the Dagenham/Hornchurch area for the last two months or so. One of them is a very nasty pale green colour.

23 August 2008

I saw the Fiesta at the motor show and i reckon it looks superb. Problems is though the looks still lack that final 'premium' look that Ford has been striving so hard to achieve over the last few years with its cars and compared to the Alfa MiTo and, possibly the forthcoming Audi A1, the Fiesta looks mass-market. And i was disappointed with the interior quality plastics - a long way off the Mondeo and Focus' feel.

23 August 2008

Though the exterior design is a vast improvement on the current car (which I own) and brings it right up to date.

It is a real shame that the interior, full of so much promise in the early design concepts has been so badly executed.

It has a less premium feel than the current car, using some of the cheapest, nastiest plastics that you wouldn't even find on a Kia or Hyundai these days.

I immediately compared it to the Mazda 2 on the next stand which is so much better.

It is a shame that Ford have done this to what promises to be a dynamically good car though Mazda will no doubt take the lion's share of sales.

23 August 2008

I quite like the New Fiesta, but I too found the interior plastics a bit cheap, with the beige colour scheme which is available making it even worse. However, the New Fiesta is available in some cracking colours, making those on offer in some competitors a bit bland. The lime green, which is called 'Squeeze' is stunning, and really quite purposeful. The Fiesta is at its best, in my opinion, in Titanium specification.

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