Every day we take a look at several of the cars we have on our long-term test fleet. Today, the spotlight has been turned on the Fiesta ST, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, the Lexus IS and the Honda Civic Tourer.**
Ford Fiesta ST**
I reckon I may be due some commission from Ford. That’s because I may have managed to sell a Fiesta ST.
No, not the long-term car – Ford tends to look down on that sort of thing.
No, last week I got a call from a former colleague who is in the market for a small(ish) cheap hatch that is good fun to drive. I reckoned the ST was the perfect choice, so invited him to meet up and have a drive of the Fiesta.
He’d read the reports on the car and was keen to give it a go.
To say he was blown away would be an understatement. He couldn’t get over the noise, the handling, the grip, in fact the sheer effervescence of the Fiesta – and even better, the cost. He stopped at the end of the drive a very happy, smiley chap, and it’s fair to say his local Ford dealer is going to get a call in the very near future.
Thinking about it, I guess I can’t really claim commission, because the Fiesta sold itself.
By Euan Doig
**Elsewhere, we've been struggling to see out of the Lexus IS.
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has saved us from a costly fuel-related mistake.
The Honda Civic Tourer has been gently reminding us about fuel economy, rather than nagging.