The first Ford Fiesta rolled off the production line in Valencia 40 years ago, and since then it's become the UK's best selling car of all time

The Ford Fiesta is the UK's best-selling car of all time, shifting more than four million units since first going on sale in 1976.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Blue Oval's hatchback, we've pulled together a gallery of past Fiestas (above), and our favourite reviews and features (below).

Ford Fiesta Mk1 driven 600 miles to Geneva

To celebrate where it all started, we took a Mk1 Fiesta from 1976 on a massive road trip to Geneva.

Ford Fiesta XR2i vs Peugeot 205 GTI

These two cars were at the top of their game in 1989, but which came out on top when we faced them off against each other?

What's the best hot Fiesta?

We headed to the back roads of Essex to face off some of the greatest hot Fiestas in its history.

Ford Fiesta Mk6 review

The current Fiesta has been the best-selling new car in Britain every month for seven years. Read our review to see what all the fuss is about.

Ford Fiesta ST review

Everyday hot hatch fun doesn't get much better than this. The Fiesta ST is hugely entertaining and easy to live with as an only car.

Ford Fiesta ST200 review

If the standard ST isn't quick enough for you, Ford has bumped up its power output by 17bhp and chucked in more torque for the limited edition ST200.

2018 Ford Fiesta latest spy shots

What does the future hold for the Fiesta? Well, our latest spy shots of the next-generation model suggest it will take on a slightly bigger, Focus-styled shape, which will allow the new Ford Ka+ to sit under it in the range. The hot ST version is under development, too - read more about that here.

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

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19 July 2016
In the head of the odd XR2i owner perhaps, but how else Autocar?

19 July 2016
If it's Spanish, why head to the back roads of Essex to face off some of the greatest hot Fiestas in its history?
Why not go back to it's spiritual home of Valencia???
Oh I just realized what the Essex connection is.................... a long long time ago in the last century Ford used to Design, Engineer & even build cars in Essex!!!!!
Now they just make everything in low cost countries & sell all their products in the UK at prices they couldn't expect to sell at in Spain or Germany.

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