There’s an ever increasing demand for small cars as many people are looking at economy and to cut running costs, here are our top 5 recommended small family hatchback deals that will get you around town without stopping at the local petrol station too frequently!
The All-New Ford Fiesta
The UK’s best-selling car, as standard comes very well equipped. The latest Ford Fiesta sports a new sharper look, helped by a new grille with laser cut headlights, stronger lines and a general first impressions are of a sleeker looking car.
Ford has added it’s latest technology to the new 2013 Ford Fiesta line-up including ‘SYNC’ which provides Bluetooth/iPod and USB support, voice control and emergency assistance which can automatically contact the emergency services with your GPS location in the event of a serious accident, ‘SYNC’ can even read out your your text messages!. Another feature available is ‘Active City Stop’ which helps drivers avoid low speed accidents by automatically applying the brakes if a collision is imminent. A technology feature that’s likely to be a big hit with protective parents is Ford’s ‘MyKey’. It enables parents to programme the vehicle with certain features enable/disabled, for example limit the top-speed, or the maximum volume of audio system or even mute the audio if seat belts are not fastened.
There are plenty of options to choose from in the model range, there’s the generously equipped entry-level Ford Fiesta Studio, followed by the Studio, Zetec and Titanium models, the Fiesta Zetec S model adds sports suspension a body kit and 16” alloys to the standard Zetec model and the Titanium X adds some improvements to the standard Titanium offering with upgraded alloys, a smarter looking front grille and chrome trim to name just a few features. The new 2013 Ford Fiesta ST range comes in two guises the ST-1 and ST-2, it offers a sportier looking, nippy small hatchback for those Fiesta lovers that want a little more ‘grunt’ under the bonnet.
A significant addition to the Fiesta engine range is the Ford 1.0 Ecoboost petrol unit which offers excellent fuel economy and road tax exemption. Diesel offerings are a 1.6 TDCi (95 PS) which is set to be very popular with start stop technology it achieves a class-leading 85.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 87g/km. Alternatively, the economical 1.5 TDCi (75 PS) offers fuel economy of 76.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 98g/km. Sportier options are the 1.6 Ecoboost petrol engine used by the new Ford Fiesta ST models which achieves 0-62mph figure of just 6.9 seconds and Ford claim you can get up to 47mpg fuel economy, you’ll probably need to go very easy on that accelerator to get anywhere near this figure!