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Blue collar car has made good

Ford’s latest Fiesta looks very different to that which has gone before but it’s probably not as radical under the skin as you might expect.

Still, the introduction of the excellent 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost engine is extremely welcome.

Certain realities exist in the supermini market. The additional cost of diesel engines rarely makes them big sellers, so this is where the state of the art in petrol engines is often played out. Right now, Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder unit is looking like it might just be in the box seat. It’s available in both 100 and 125PS guises and it’s already been a big hit in the Focus, winning the 2012 International Engine of the Year award along the way. With less lard to lug around in this installation, it’s pretty vivid, especially in 125PS form, getting the Fiesta to 62mph in just 9.4 seconds.

The Fiesta has long been one of the very best superminis to drive. Expect that still to be the case, even though here, the underbody changes are relatively few. Ford has developed new chassis and suspension components to improve the ride quality and refinement of the car.

Though other small cars cosset you from bumps more effectively, the penalty is a vagueness when it comes to body control. This one lets you know the bumps are there but even on the most tarnished tarmac, lets very few of them into the cabin, skipping across the poorest surfaces with grip and composure, all the while offering unrivalled driver feedback that’s complete but not intrusive.

The Ford Fiesta has always been a vehicle that the British public has warmed to. The latest car has a polish and self belief that we’ve never seen from the Fiesta before.

In short, this blue collar car has made good.

FACTFILE

CAR: Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost

PRICES: £13,645-£17,045 – on the road

INSURANCE GROUPS: 11-16

CO2 EMISSIONS: 99g/km

PERFORMANCE: [1.0 EcoBoost 100PS] 0-62mph 11.2s / Max speed 112mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 65.7mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Electronic stability control, ABS with brake assist, seven airbags

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 3,950/1,787/1,481