Active drivers will love this New Fiesta


The very newest addition to the Fiesta range, the Active, has a tougher, but no less appealing, look than its sister models with bright features to liven up both the exterior and interior, with its matching flashes of body colour.


It’s thoroughly ready for the school of hard knocks where small children seem to learn about life inside with practical yet accommodating seats yet the exterior is equally well prepared because when others’ children (never your own!) grow into adults their habits seem little better when their car gets near yours! Special trim all round, including vulnerable wheel arches, lets you know this is the first of Ford’s tough new Active range to arrive – here soon will be KA+ Active and, later this year, Focus Active.


But the Fiesta Active is also as physically tough as it looks thanks to its three selectable drive modes, Eco, Normal, and Slippery which are enabled via the sensors already built into the car’s electronic stability programme (ESP) and hill start assist and let the car cope with difficult on- and off-road  conditions.


However, it’s equally well equipped to deal with on road conditions, with safety boosted by such clever kit as lane-keeping technology, tyre pressure monitoring, and the Quickclear heated windscreen that helps ensure visibility is at its best on cold or damp days. The new Fiesta – BBC Top Gear magazine’s Supermini of the Year and Carbuyer’s Car of the Year – is already one of the safest small cars on the market with a five-star Euro NCAP rating.


Fiesta Active also features dramatic and dynamic colour schemes, and the option of a two-part panoramic sliding roof on the Active 1 and Active X models; the Fiesta Active B&O PLAY stands out with a distinctive black roof with black roof rails plus a B&O PLAY premium audio system with 360-degree sound and 10 speakers similar to that in the Vignale. Really active families can have their own campsite disco if, like us, your best music is contained within a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.


Going green in the countryside can be enabled by a choice of low CO2 output petrol and diesel engines – our test car had the 125 PS version of the EcoBoost three cylinder engine mated to a six speed manual gearbox and it was a pleasure to drive with its 50 mpg everyday fuel consumption achieved with no effort.


There’s great interior space so a family with two or three children will find this a great way to get about in comfort while still having plenty of room for all their gear.


At last here’s an easy way to get kids to enjoy their greens – green fields, green trees, and a greener, low impact lifestyle! And remember, until the end of June, there’s a £2,000 discount when you qualify for Ford’s scrappage scheme.


Does it fit your ego wallet?

Price: £19,695

Combined: 65.7 mpg

CO2 emissions: 98 g/km