2001 Ford Fiesta Zetec S Mk5 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
The Zetec S is a comfortable, sporty drivers car, and very modifiable
I do not however like the restricted build of the car, such as the integrated manifold and the very restricted inlet system.
I Love this car, my previous car was a VTS Mk2 Saxo, I found that the VTS was marginally quicker (really owning both the difference isn't major), just in the higher range.
A lot of people have said the Saxo handles better. This is down to the view that the Saxo's back end is more stuck, but this comes with very bad feel and under-steer.
The Fiesta is an A1 drivers car, and with my Gaz coilovers feels well poised and can out handle many top end hot hatches. There is also a lot of info for the driver, you can feel the road while still maintaining a comfortable ride.
More to the point, the ZS is a Ford so modifications of the power variety are more effective, although the Saxo can be epicly fast, it hits a wall that thanks to the help of companies like Raceline, and Shawpeed the Fiesta breaks through.
Mine now has an FRP engine with better cams, mapping and it's completely stripped out. My Saxo had many mods and run at 140bhp.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th August, 2008