The Ford Fiesta is just as much a part of Britain’s mot street furniture as the red pillarbox and chav hoodies hanging round at bus stops. You see them everywhere on a daily basis and the nation just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Now in its seventh incarnation, the Fiesta has been around since 1976. For this article, we’re looking at the fourth and fifth generations, as the latter is effectively a warmed up version of the former with the same baffling array of trim levels, engine choices and ubiquitous For Sale ads. At the lower end of the spectrum, the Fiesta is a good cheap banger, while at the upper end it’s a highly competent, refined and fun to drive super mini capable of providing good foundation transport, either as a second car or as only transport for those on a budget.
Being a Ford, it also means part supply is plentiful and cheap, especially if you buy secondhand. Since the scrappage scheme ended, breakers yards have been inundated with half decent Fiestas that make rich pickings for good used parts, if you’re on tight budget, there are few other cars around that you can keep on the road for as little outlay.