Don’t think this generation of the Fiesta is simply a reskin of the previous one.

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.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
A dynamically brilliant supermini but no longer the very best one

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.

Which is why we can’t quite return the Fiesta to its old spot at the top of the class ahead of a Seat Ibiza that’s notably more rounded and complete.

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.

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