Ford Fiesta: First thoughts

Popular small hatchback arrives

Since its launch in October 2008 the Fiesta has consistently been one of the most popular models in the UK, topping last year's sales charts with 117,296 going to happy customers. The trend looks set to continue in 2010.

We decided that we needed to know what the fuss is all about and opted for the 1.4-litre petrol version that comes with 95bhp in Zetec spec - the most popular choice in the range. In this trim you get 16-inch alloys, front fog lights, chrome grille, trip computer, interior ambient lighting and leather steering wheel.

There are plenty of options on our car too including auto wipers and headlamps, City pack that includes reversing parking sensors, power fold mirrors and curtain airbags. We've also got Bluetooth hands-free as well as USB connection, stability control and the unique paint colour of, um, Squeeze Green.

Buying new, all this will set you back around £15,000. However, our Fiesta is a year old with more than 6,000 miles on it. A similar example will set you back around £11,400 if you buy from a franchised dealer.

It will be interesting to see just how good the Fiesta really is when it comes to living with it full-time and if it really does deserve to be the best-selling car in the country.

Current mileage: 6512

Average mpg: 39.8