Imagine a city the size of Glasgow. Now imagine every single person living in it driving around in the same car. Well, that gives you a fair idea how many Ford Fiestas have been sold in Britain since 2008. Yep – Ford’s humble hatchback has been the country’s most popular car for almost a decade.
And with good reason. It’s always been a cut above its rivals to drive, and it continues to punch well above its weight for the amount of gadgets and safety technology it’s available with. There are also some fine engines to choose from, most noteworthy of which are the 1.0-litre turbo Ecoboosts.
However, competition in the small car class is fiercer than ever. The latest Seat Ibiza is a thoroughly brilliant all-rounder and the Skoda Fabia offers space and value in abundance. Does the latest Fiesta have the talents to compete? And which engines and trims make the most sense? We’ll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages.