Some cars arrive in the class like Roman Candles, shining so bright they obscure all around them until they burn out as their faults are uncovered and their position at the top of the class removed as quickly as it was acquired. The Ford Fiesta arrived that way but still shows no sign of fizzling out.
Indeed the fact it remains so apparently indomitable despite newcomers as capable as the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 not to mention that former Car of the Year, the VW Polo, stands as a stark testament not only to its talents, but their enduring nature.
Right now, it is dynamically without an equal. It’s a car that’s crying out for an engine to do the chassis justice. That’s not to say the Fiesta isn't fun; ignoring the 1.25 engine, any other choice will allow you to drive with a smile on your face thanks to the quick-witted steering and fluid handling.
The Econetic, for an eco-biased supermini, makes a great case for itself, too. It blends strong economy, low emissions and strong handling in an impressive and tempting package.
So, no the Fiesta isn't perfect, not even close in fact, but if you’re one of many thousands of people who through economic gloom or just common sense find the idea of downsizing persuasive but fear the reality, there’s nothing we know more likely than a Fiesta to put a smile back on your face.