Good points about this car:
Handling and ride: Probably the best handling in its class. It grips the road superbly and is excellent fun to drive on windy country roads.
On the motorway it has the ride comparable to a large quality saloon and so is extremely comfortable.
Gear box: You could not ask for a sweeter gear change, again I would say best in class.
Value: I bought it at barely two years old, still under warranty for £4299, good for buyers, although not great for sellers.
Engine: A refined and smooth engine which is very reliable. Nippy around town.
Not so good points about this car:
Quality of materials: The plastics in the cabin are not what I expect from a ford. The trim on the doors looks cheap.
Equipment: Could do with a few more things as standard – the wind down windows are a disappointment and again feel cheap. Lack of ABS on a 2002 car is terrible!
Engine: The least powerful of the range. The 1.25 ltr has 16 valves and more horsepower and so is faster. The 1.3 is fine with one or two people in and is surprisingly capable on the motorway, but when fully loaded is a let down.
Overall I am satisfied.