Written on: 17/04/2006 by BizzyBoy (4 reviews written)
Solid build quality, easy to park, relatively quiet engine, nippy around town
Slow on faster roads, slightly bland interior
I purchased this Ford Fiesta Mk5 new in 2001 and owned it for 4 years. It's an attractive looking car inside and out with a good quality interior and a decent sized boot. The space in the front is pretty good for a small car even if you're a taller-than-average person but you'll have to slide the seats back, seriously restricting leg room for those unfortunate rear passengers.
The engine is nippy for around town driving and it's an easy car to manoevre and park. It's also a very reliable car - the only time mine was in the garage was for servicing/Mots and *ehem* repair work. The main issue I have with this car is acceleration once you get out of the town and onto faster dual carriageways and motorways. Yeah okay it's a small-engined car with low tax and insurance so no-one'll expect blistering 1/4 mile times. But since upgrading to a car considerably faster, I have become aware that there's is a whole other dimension of driving that the Fiesta was depriving me of. Motorway driving in the Fiesta for me comprised picking a lane (usually the middle) and staying there until my exit came. There is very little scope for passing in outside lane unless there is a very sizeable gap in the traffic flow and even in that situation you usually have to downshift to make any progress. Generally I'd only recommend this car to drivers who just use their cars as a way of getting from A to B, or are young and insurance is a big consideration.
I definitely enjoyed my period of ownership of the Fiesta when all things are considered. So I would recommend it to those people whose circumstances it suits.