ON TEST WITH
ANTHONY YATES.

Ford Fiesta Titanium

Price (as tested): £17,095


Back when I was nipper, my father bought my mother a new Ford Fiesta XR2 and I remember thinking at the time how magnificent it looked. I also remember thinking that one day I will have such a car on my own drive.

Fast forward 30 odd years and you will still find that exact same XR2 tucked away in the garage at my family home. Yes, the exact same car my mother had. The reason for this is simple – as a family, we all loved that little Fiesta so much, that none of us ever wanted to part with it, so we never did.

I would like to think that in another 30 or 40 years from now, the model in this review will have its own little part in history one day.

Power and Efficiency: This test car was powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo-charged petrol engine with 170Nm of torque, 125PS of ‘Ford power’ and a 0-62mph time of around 9.9 seconds and a top speed of around 121mph.

At first, I expected the little Fiesta to sound wheezy because of its 1.0 Eco Boost engine, but I was wrong. When you rev it hard it sounds almost racy.

The engine won’t break the sound barrier but it will move you along at a spirited pace. I also quite like how the little Eco Boost performs out on the open road too.

On the Road: As with all of Ford’s small eco-warriors it changes direction like it’s on rails and it holds the road really well. It did feel a little bouncy but it was a joy to drive, no matter what the road conditions were doing beneath me.

The brakes also felt good and firm and the suspension absorbed England’s bumpy roads really well.

Safety and Technology: Some of the kit you get on the Titanium model includes; Ford SYNC 3 Navigation with eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, keyless start with Ford Power button, rain-sensing wipers, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) Hill Start Assist, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitoring system, Ford easy fuel, and a quick-clear heated windscreen.

Plus, 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps with cornering lights, LED night signature to rear lights, cruise control and a whole host of additional extras not mentioned here.

To Sum Up: I am going to finish it here, but, I’m going to give the Fiesta four stars in this test, not only because I like how it looks on the outside, but also because I believe it’s worth taking a look at because after all – it’s a Ford Fiesta. What’s not to like about that!