Fiesta is Telegraph readers’ Car of The Year

The Ford Fiesta has been crowned The Telegraph's Car of the Year, beating a variety of more expensive models.

The accolade follows voting by Telegraph readers to decide their favourite cars in seven categories in the run-up to the newspaper and website‘s Festival of Motoring.

After counting reader votes, the Telegraph's motoring experts decided which category winner deserved the Telegraph's overall Car of the Year award.

Steve Huntingford, the Telegraph's head of motoring, said: "It's easy to see why the Ford Fiesta is so popular - it's a sensational all-rounder.

"There is no small hatchback you can buy that's as enjoyable to drive as the Fiesta. It feels wonderfully sharp and agile, which is obviously great news on a winding back road. But the Fiesta is also a pleasure on the mundane journeys that most of us do every day, thanks to its beautifully weighted controls, comfortable ride and good visibility. "Throw in a long list of standard safety kit, plus strong yet efficient petrol and diesel engines, and the Fiesta really does offer the greatest good for the greatest number of people."

Over 120,000 new car buyers in the UK chose Ford Fiestas last year, sealing the award winner a fifth successive year as the nation's top-selling car.

The acclaimed 2014 Ford Fiesta range beat the VW Golf, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Bentley Mulsanne, Toyota GT86 and Tesla Model S to take the Telegraph Car of the Year crown.