1997 Ford Fiesta Ghia X 1.4 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Very good, and much better than our old Polo
Bought to replace an unreliable 1997 Polo CL that was a living nightmare, not to mention showing signs of rust.
Gets used as a second car, so basically for carting things around, local trips and the occasional commute. Copes admirably with everything we throw at it, and has proven frugal, reliable and very good fun to drive.
Ghia X trim gives amazing spec for a small car. Electric windows, air conditioning, sunroof, heated front screen, electric mirrors, a decent CD player, power steering and alloys. Not convinced about the mottled brown plastic "wood" on the dash, and the interior isn't the last word in modern styling, but it works and is well put together. The car still feels very tight and "together" after 63k, and everything still works perfectly.
The little 1.4 Zetec engine is a peach and blows our old 1.4 VW Polo's stodgy 8 valve unit out of the water. It's smooth and eager whether ambling along at idle, or screaming past 6,000 RPM, and delivers acceleration that you could easily describe as lively. It doesn't rattle or smoke, and a sump full of genuine 5W/30 Ford oil doesn't need topping up between services.
The gearchange is short throw and slick, and the power steering gives lots of feel as well as quick gearing. The handling is exactly what a small car should be, with a lovely chuckable feel. It's not a sports car, but it really does have the energetic and fun feel that small cars nowadays lack.
Paid UKP 2000 for the car in November 2004 with 49k, a full Ford history and in immaculate condition. For the money, it's great value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st December, 2005
22nd Nov 2006, 12:17
Fiesta better than a Polo? Are you sure you owned one?! I recently got rid my flimsy old 'P' reg fiesta after having nothing, but trouble with it. Problems I've experienced include mold/ rain water ingress in the boot and foot-wells, interior trim falling to bits, various electrical faults, rear wheel arches rusting away to nothing. I now have a 2000 'X' plate Polo TDI and it's in a completely different league, leaps and bounds ahead of the fiesta in terms on space, refinement and any other aspect you could think of. Just glad I'm not still stuck with that tin can on wheels. Lol.