Had this car for three years now and it has been superb. 1.25 litre engine is lively (75bhp) and very economical, particularly on the motorway. I average more than 40 miles per gallon and I drive quite fast.
The car rides well for its size and grips the road very well with the wide 185/55 profile tyres. I always fit the cheapest tyres I can find and still have more than enough grip.
The CVT transmission is jerky at low speed, but you soon get used to it and is plenty quick enough away from the lights. It cruises at 80mph at 3000rpm and top speed is in excess of 95mph (indicated). After cold starting (when the engine is fast idling) the first time you brake within a minute or so can induce alarming levels of brake fade. The transmission wants to drive the car forward quite hard, particularly when the engine is cold and the transmission fluid has not warmed up. Take it easy for the first mile or so and it is fine. After 50,000 miles the transmission has reported no problems.
However, overall I like this transmission a lot and will not go back to a manual.
There is not much engine braking so wear on brake pads and discs is heavy. I suggest some aftermarket performance pads and discs as a worthwhile investment (Ford really should have uprated the brakes for the CVT models). Rear brake pads seem to last forever though. Front and rear suspension bushes seem to made of cheese and a few need replacing every year.
Inside it is very pleasant and this Ghia X model is very well appointed with wood veneer trim, luxury upholstery, heated electric mirrors, electric front windows, heated windscreen, cd player, front fogs, sunroof, remote central locking, alarm, alloys, remote boot release, but alas no air-con.
It is cramped in the back though, especially if the front seats are moved well back.
Never let me down and I would definitely get another one (particularly if I could find a CVT model with air-con) so can't say any more than that.