Ford Fi­esta 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Zetec

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Mileage 4317 List price £15,445 Tar­get Price £14,600 Price as tested £16,920 Test econ­omy 46.0mpg

My pre­vi­ous long-term re­ports have barely touched on the Fi­esta Ecoboost’s driv­ing man­ners – a tra­di­tional Ford strength – mainly be­cause most of my driv­ing had been a dreary daily com­mute in stop-start Lon­don traf c.

How­ever, over the past month, trips to Buck­ing­hamshire and the Mid­lands have al­lowed me to stretch the Fi­esta’s legs on var­i­ous roads to see where its strengths and short­com­ings lie.

It turns out that on the mo­tor­way it’s so com­fort­able and re ned that you could eas­ily be sit­ting in a big ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon. And when you turn off the mo­tor­way, the Fi­esta’s ac­cu­rate steer­ing and sharp han­dling make it a joy on quiet A and B-roads, too. Ford hasn’t lost its touch. HM

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