The Fiesta is a humble hatchback that’s as fun to drive as some sports cars, thanks to its sharp handling and precise, well-weighted steering. Keen drivers will love its responsive, composed nature on demanding roads, but it’s the Fiesta’s ability to put a smile on your face on even the most mundane journey that’s so endearing.
Put simply, the Fiesta is the best-handling small car on the market and actually outshines many cars from the class above. Mind you, the Ibiza comes jolly close to being the Fiesta’s equal, even though it isn’t quite as nimble.
ST-Line versions receive sports suspension with a lower ride height. This makes the Fiesta even more agile and grippy; this is great if you want hot hatch handling without the bigger bills that a powerful engine brings. If you do want the full-fat hot hatchabck experience, you can read all about the Fiesta ST by clicking here.
Active versions, meanwhile, have a slightly blunter dynamic edge compared with other Fiestas. The car’s body rolls a tad more in corners and generally doesn’t feel quite so well tied down through fast, twisty bends – although the difference is only slight. The increased ride height does, however, mean the Active model gets 18mm extra ground clearance over standard Fiestas – this is helpful if you happen to live down the end of a rutted track or have to occasionally traverse rocky ground.
A further addition to Active is the choice of three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Slippery. The first two settings are fairly self-explanatory, while Slippery mode adjusts the traction control to help when you're driving on lower-grip surfaces, such as snow or mud.