Such an assumption doesn’t do justice to the design and engineering work done here to make a market leader better – while also doing no harm to it.
Ford’s evolutionary approach is understandable and its success in producing the best car in its class to drive, and one much better than the car it replaces in other respects, shouldn’t be underestimated.
However, no other part of the car market punishes conservatism quite like the supermini segment.
‘Steady as she goes’ hasn’t produced a car with the instant visual appeal of its predecessor here, nor armed it with the cleverly packaged space or material class it’ll need to fend off a gaggle of more rapidly improving opponents for another full model cycle.
A car as uncommonly good to drive as this will never stray far from unqualified recommendation in this magazine but, for a modern supermini, it cannot be a golden ticket, either.