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£20k Fiesta hybrid means more miles from the tank and no faffing about with a plug

THERE’S a reason the Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in Britain.

Because it’s the best. Simple as. Fiesta is more or less the answer to every question.

What car should a 17-year-old get? Fiesta.

Single parent? Fiesta.

Grandparent? Fiesta.

OK, so you’ve got five kids. The answer to that question is a Ford Tourneo Custom minibus. And contraception.

Understanding the universal appeal of Fiesta is easy. It looks good, it’s cheap to run and it’s well-equipped.

Most of all, though, it is the best-handling small car by some distance.

Which brings me to another question I’m frequently asked: What is the best car, pound for pound, you’ve ever driven?

Fiesta. Because it always puts a smile on my face. Not even Lewis Hamilton could pass me on a B-road.

Now, before anyone emails in to say, “Hang on, you just made the Vauxhall Corsa-e your Car of the Year” . . . 

Key facts: FORD FIESTA ST-LINE

Price: £20,960

Engine: 1-litre 3 cylinder turbo petrol

Power: 125hp, 210Nm

0-62mph: 9.4 secs

Top speed: 126mph

Economy: 45mpg

CO2: 117g/km

Out: Now

PETROL-ELECTRIC COMBO IS AN ABSOLUTE PEACH

That is true. Corsa-e is one of the first usable electric cars for the masses and deserves our top prize.

But if Ford had launched a new Fiesta this year, it might have been a different story.

Besides, Fiesta won our special Legend Award — voted for by you — because that’s exactly what it is.

Nudging five million UK sales in 44 years and numero uno for 11 years straight. The numbers speak for themselves.

Now Ford has broadened its appeal further by making it a hybrid.

The 1-litre petrol-electric combo, already selling like hot cakes in the Puma, is an absolute peach.

In short, it boosts performance by giving you an extra dollop of electric torque at low revs.

Plus you’re getting more miles from a tank. Plus it’s a mild hybrid so there’s no faffing about with a plug.

I’d 100 per cent recommend it — because why wouldn’t I?

Other things that please. 

Heated front windscreen, whether it’s a Fiesta or a GT, they’ve all got them. Properly handy in the winter.

Speedy refuelling. There’s no filler cap, so that’s one less thing to touch with your sanitised hands.

You don’t get that luxury on a Bentley.

Pop-out door protectors. They don’t need explaining.

I also like the simplicity of a Fiesta.

You can jump in and just go. It’s got knobs and buttons for things that need knobs and buttons, like radio and air con. Unlike a new Golf.

It’s also got adaptive cruise control and speed-sign recognition, which can help preserve your licence, and a manual handbrake.

But I do have a couple of gripes.

The touchscreen is quick and easy but why is it angled away from the driver?

And it needs USB ports for the back. But that’s about it.

To conclude, then: There are two cars you’ll never read a bad word about. One is a Fiesta. The other is a Porsche 911. If you haven’t got Porsche 911 money, get a Fiesta.

It will be Britain’s No1 for many years to come.

Ford introduces new Fiesta with hybrid engine technology

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