2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
Fantastic Hot Hatch
Nothing so far (touch wood)
I've had my Fiesta Zetec S now for just over 2 months and I absolutely love it. Every time I get in it a huge grin comes across my face because it's such a pleasure to drive.
It's quicker than my mates Saxo VTR off the lights and has more overtaking grunt. He's now thing about trading the Saxo in for a Zetec S.
It's got all the gizmo's I need, anti-lock brakes, power steering, remote central locking, electric windows, air bag, traction control, CD player, alloy wheels all as standard and the sensible person who I bought the car from had air conditioning fitted as an option for the bargain price of £500. There is only one tiny thing missing though and that's an adjustable steering wheel.
All this coupled with the stiff lowered suspension, close ratio gear box, sports styling and an engine that sounds oh so sweet in the mid-high rev range makes for a superb overall package.
The ride can seem a bit firm, but the handling more than compensates. It sticks to the road like glue and body roll is kept down thanks to that stiff suspension.
I looked for ages to replace my old Punto Sporting and thought I'd never be able to get a sporty little hatch with a comparable insurance rating, but the Fiesta is only £50 a year more.
If anyone is thinking of buying the sporty versions of a Saxo, Punto, Corsa, Polo or Clio (excluding the 172 Sport) then I'd urge them to go test drive a Zetec S as well. I guarantee it will at least make you think twice even if you're not a Ford fan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th September, 2002
23rd Sep 2002, 06:45
If you haven't already I'd highly recommend removing the front amber indicator lenses and replacing the bulbs with phillips silver visions, it dramatically improves the looks of the car.
31st Jul 2003, 18:04
Side Indicators were replaced with smoke black ones by the sensible previous owner which was a bonus!
I'm trying to find smoked rear light lenses and headlamp lens with smoked indicators. Does anyone know where I can get them from? I've only seen clear "Lexus" styles which look pants!
6th Nov 2005, 04:23
This car aint a hot hatch, more of a cold one.
7th Nov 2005, 05:08
The comment above is not so much helpful as idiotic!