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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The old 1.3 ‘Endura’ petrol unit and the 1.8D diesel lack both power and modern refinement. Zetec units are better: the 1.25 is fine for town plodding and country pottering but doesn’t inspire; the 1.4 is brisk and better for motorway work; and the 1.6 S is enjoyably quick. The 1.8 TDi turbo-diesel willing, fairly refined and gives over 50 mpg.

The 1995 Fiesta platform gave an engaging drive – so good it was donated to Puma and Ka. The 1999-02 car is just as dynamic; it’s at its best on cross-country roads, but is always composed, confident and easy to handle. When fitted with the perky 1.4 and 1.6 Zetec engines it’s very enjoyable to drive. Around town – where a supermini needs to excel – it’s nimble and easy to park.

Steering is light and predictable – not too much body roll in corners. Fiesta has a supple ride for a supermini – bumps are absorbed and uneven roads smoothed.