Decent handling, smooth ride, good security kit
Cramped rear seats, poor luggage space
The Fiesta Mk 5 from 1999-2002 was a thorough updating of the model that was launched in 1995. The feline-look lights, sculpted bonnet and new grille were the visual cues to the change, while Ford beefed-up the range with a sporty 1.6 petrol engine and sprightly 1.8 TDi diesels. But only a complete redesign could cure some of the old car's inherent shortcomings, so this Fiesta still had cramped rear accommodation and below average luggage space, despite better interior packaging and fresher looks.
What owners say about this car
Excellent little car, 4th Zetec S owned and 7th of this era, cheap and cheerful, well spec'd considering age, reliable,... Read owner review
It easy easy to park, silver in colour so it doesn't need to be put through a car wash so... Read owner review
Its not really particle, its a small 3 door sporty hatchback, I don't feel they were aiming for... Read owner review