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What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For The Fiesta is fun to drive, cheap and has plenty of space

Against Common image, seats and cabin trim a little boring

Verdict Low running costs make it a low-risk buy

Go for… 1.25 Style Climate 5dr

Avoid… 1.3 Finesse 3dr

Ford Fiesta Hatchback
  • 1. The instrument panel can fail suddenly on 2002 models but the fault is usually picked up under warranty
  • 2. The water pump is a known weak spot – listen for grumbles and groans as the engine idles
  • 3. It's so simple to maintain that you can trust any reputable garage with the work - and keep your costs down
  • 4. Faulty pollen filter seals can let rainwater into the front footwells, so check for any signs of dampness
  • 5. The boot is a fair size for a supermini and a sensible shape
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