I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE (1.6 ltr I-4) with 6 spd auto. It runs great, shifts well under pressure or a leisure drive. It got 38 mpg on 10% ethanol and 41.5 mpg on 100% gasoline. I have owned it for 45 days and almost 1,000 miles. Thanks Ford for another great product. I think it is a great car for the money, as usual Europe is unhappy. I agree the rear seat is small with a large trunk. I wish they would have made car about 2-3" wider inside (especially rear seats) and about 2-3" longer inside (especially rear seats).
The South African version Fiesta is a whole lot different. There is no climate control, no power flip mirrors, no x-pack, no passenger airbag disable.
I've been driving my Dads '59 plate Fiesta 1.6 TDCI Titanium while my car's been in the garage. It's the first time I've really driven a diesel. and it's so pokey and the handling is brilliant! I've enjoyed driving this car so much, I don't want to give it back!
It's a terrific little car and a great tuition vehicle, except that there is a known fault (the dealer told me it's a known fault) which can be fixed in about 4 hours under warranty. It's a diesel leak, which means you end up with a STRONG smell of diesel in the cab on the 2010 1.4 diesel model.
That's not too big a deal, but when you take the car to the dealer to get it looked at, they are prone to saying they can't fit you in for nearly a week, so unless you want to travel many miles to a dealer who CAN fit you in, then think carefully about whether you need the hassle.
I work as a driving instructor, and need to be on the road seven days a week, so Ford have lost a sale next time I need a new car (in about 6 months), because they aren't quick enough off the mark when dealing with warranty issues.