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. 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 dynamically 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.

Fleet drivers may be stuck with the diesel engine, and these aren’t bad to drive, albeit nowhere near as good as the 1.0-litre petrol. Just be sure that the benefit-in-kind saving for the lower CO2 isn’t written off by the higher P11D value of these cars.

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.

Further reading:

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

>> 200hp in a Fiesta: Fiesta ST driven

>> Vauxhall Corsa full review this way