7 It has to beat some ace ri­vals

CAR (UK) - - Analysis -

EVEN LEAV­ING the threat of crossovers out of the equa­tion, the Fi­esta isn’t short of com­pe­ti­tion. The age­ing Corsa is peren­ni­ally popular, the new Skoda Fabia and its Seat Ibiza sis­ter are on †ine form, and cars like the Suzuki Swift, with its strong pack­ag­ing and zippy turbo en­gines, are snap­ping at the heels of the estab­lished play­ers. But per­haps the big­gest threat of all comes from the new Polo. Like the Fi­esta, the old car was a con­sis­tent sales hit even in its twi­light years, but the new one prom­ises to leave its ri­val in the shade, in terms of space and qual­ity. There’s 94mm of ex­tra wheel­base to im­prove in­te­rior space, the boot is 48 litres big­ger than the Ford’s, and the in­te­rior is high qual­ity and high tech. It’ll be one hell of a bat­tle.

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