2017 Ford Fiesta driven is it good enough

2017 Ford Fiesta driven is it good enoughThe firmer ST-Line is a big improvement, with tauter body control and much improved steering, especially its progressive feel off the dead-ahead position, though it’s still too light. This is where the Fiesta needed to go, with most of the talkative chassis of the old, but with a better ride quality and refinement.

As ever, Ford’s marketing department has determined how the new Fiesta will be perceived as much as the designers and engineers. In the softer guise, which includes the best-selling Zetec, the latest Fiesta isn’t taut enough, hasn’t got that extraordinarily communicative steering and feels less fun and vivacious – in fact it’s more pipe and slippers.

 In the more expensive ST-Line guise, however, it’s a worthy new car, good looking, well equipped, comfortable and entertaining.

Usually we say that none of this matters since the Fiesta will sell by the bucketload, but with VW’s Polo and Vauxhall’s Corsa replacements due soon, it does matter. For now, you’ll have to dig £1,300 deeper and get the ST-Line trim simply to get those magic moments the previous Fiesta used to supply in any guise.

2017 Ford Fiesta driven is it good enough

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