Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should you buy one?

Yes. It has been a consistent bestseller in the UK, and with good reason. It’s well made, attractively finished and well equipped inside, safe, economical but still fun to drive, and it has strong resale value simply because it’s a known quantity for many buyers. New or old, you know what you’re getting with a Fiesta, except the latest generation generally exceeds most expectations.

Price pressure does mean that the entry level Trend is now quite expensive, but it’s well equipped for the price – unlike the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. Then there is the Kia Rio, Skoda Fabia, and Vauxhall Corsa. They’re all good – but not quite as desirable as a Fiesta. Choose a Titanium with the 125hp engine and you’ll rarely find the car lacking in gadgets or ability.

What we like

It’s up there among the best small hatchbacks you can buy, beating everything else in class. The Fiesta makes a strong case for buyers looking to downsize without sacrificing style or sophistication, and it’s fun to drive while remaining affordable to run. It’s good value, too, relative to rivals – both for outright buyers and those looking to finance too.

What we don’t like

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.