Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should I buy a Ford Fiesta?

Yes. Ford shifted close to 80,000 Fiestas in the UK last year, making it the bestselling car here. And that many people can't be wrong.

It's up there among the best small hatchbacks you can buy, but it's not decisively head and shoulders above cars in different categories - but as a whole product it does beat everything else in class, being fun to drive while remaining affordable to run. Its price is relative to the competition, both for outright buyers and those looking to finance too.

It's not perfect – the interior isn't class-leading in terms of design or quality – and although it's comfortable, it's not as polished as we'd like.

The Suzuki Swift and MG 3 are nowhere near as complete as a Fiesta, while the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo are much, much more expensive. Then there is the Kia Rio, Skoda Fabia, and Vauxhall Corsa. They're all good - but not quite as desirable as a Fiesta.

We suggest the best value in the range is actually Titanium because you get good kit levels for not a lot more money than the basic Trend model. The 1.0-litre petrol is good enough for most people.

If you buy used, the diesel engine will make sense for those covering a high amount of miles, but these aren’t bad to drive, either, albeit nowhere near as good as the 1.0-litre petrol.

Company car drivers will pick the Trend model for the lowest BIK costs, but the difference between the engines is only a few pounds per month at £20 tax rate. As a result, the 1.1-litre 75hp engine might be the cheapest on paper, but the 1.0-litre 95hp Ecoboost is much sweeter to drive and easier to live with on an everyday basis.

Those looking for the sportiest model can have the Parkers' award-winning ST, while those who can't quite stretch to the purchase price or running costs can have the equally-bodykitted ST-Line instead - itself a superb all-rounder, balancing comfort and running costs with sportier looks and driving fun.

Dealwatch special

Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering the Ford Fiesta for £194 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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Further reading:

>> After a slightly more rugged Fiesta? Read our Fiesta Active review

>> 200hp in a Fiesta: Fiesta ST driven

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained