I've driven plenty of different cars including some of the fiesta SI's rivals (90bhp).
In the fiesta I have beaten beaten VTR's, 306 D Turbos, Fiesta Supersports and XR2's to 60. Ford's figure of 10.4 seconds 0-60 is a joke, it definitely isn't accurate. The handling is very good too, and the seats do a great job of stopping you from flying out of the window. It really is nippy and is very comfortable, even at high speeds, which you wouldn't expect from a 10 year old car.
The exterior looks nice, it holds it's own with more modern cars and the bumpers are responsible for this. It is a shame about the rust though, my rear arches are spotless, but the sills are very rusty so I will need two new sills.
Now the interior, probably the best I have ever sat in, the seats look awesome and they hug you tightly through the corners and they must be among the most comfortable car seats ever. The trim pattern is jigsaw raven and it is very nice and modern looking.
Overall this car is awesome, an awesome car for young drivers due to the low insurance and an awesome base for older drivers who could afford a 2.0 engine transplant.