The Ford Fiesta is more familiar than rain clouds in winter.
The Ford Fiesta is more familiar than rain clouds in winter. But why has this capable supermini engrained itself into the British mindset? For starters, virtually everyone has either owned one, crashed into one, or has as amusing story involving this popular run- around. It was, in fact, the first car I ever drove. To be honest, it is an exaggeration to say 'drove'. At the age of ten my Grandfather allowed me to steer his mk1 into the garage. It was not propelled by its 950cc engine, but by dear old GD pushing for all he was worth. That particular Fiesta later became my brother's first car - but at that point it was old and needed pushing on a regular basis. What a pity it tended to conk-out at the bottom of hills.The new Ford Fiesta is a world away from Grandfather's mk1. His, for example, had a steering wheel, tyres, and a tinny AM radio. That was about it. Even today's base- specification has: an electronic stability programme, power mirrors, and CD player. High- spec trims have: climate control, Bluetooth, parking sensors, and leather seats. What an amazing contrast. Fuel economy has also improved, so the Titanium Econetic 1.6 TDCi averages a cash saving 78.5mpg. Its emissions are only 95g/km, so road tax is free. Throw-in sharp handling, sporty looks, excellent build, and the spacious 295-litre boot and it becomes clear why the Ford Fiesta is so popular. Grandfather would hardly recognise it.