Astonished at the performance in a 1.6 motor!
Handles like it's on rails.
Instruments much improved on, fog light switches now visible to the driver.
Instruments illuminated with green light at night. A bit too bright with some reflection on the windscreen. Would benefit from a dimmer switch.
Can't recommend the dealer (Matlock Ford) enough. Best price on a full UK spec motor by several hundred pounds. Also very attentive aftercare.
2001 alloys look way better than last years, with no centre locking cover.
Clutch whirrs a bit when in neutral, also fan noise is noticeable in the cab when stationary. Minor niggles really, and I've been spoilt by the excellent soundproofing in a BMW.
Sport seats are comfortable and supportive, though some lumbar support adjustment would be welcome.
Fuel economy is good, averaging 36mpg without keeping an eye on economy.
Insurance group 8E is a steal for a car with performance like this - the BMW was group 12 and the Fiesta would hold its own against a (1990) 320, and outhandle it in the bends.
Thoroughly recommend this as a practical car with performance as a welcome extra.