IN THE FI­NAL ANAL­Y­SIS

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Cm Project 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec -

The Ford Fi­esta Mk7 has been pretty well re­viewed by the press and has been a peren­nial best-seller. Are they as good as you’ve heard? Over­all, yes. They’re un­doubt­edly well built and cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant, with just a few mi­nor scabs on ours due to ne­glect. The gear­box does the usual Ford growl from the bear­ings un­der load at low speeds, but that’s to be ex­pected.

Al­though the han­dling is su­perb, the ride is very noisy over poor roads, and if you like a car that can get a move on then you’ll de­spair at the 1.25. Once up and go­ing, though, it’s OK.

So while the 1.25 is per­fectly fine for buzzing around town, on bal­ance we’d go for the 1.4 or 1.6 if you want a bit more oomph.

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