Ever since first hitting the roads over 40 years ago, the Ford Fiesta has been one of the most popular vehicles on the market. While it might not be marketed solely to first-time drivers, there’s no question that it is a great option for inexperienced road users.

The sixth generation of Fiestas has now been around for the best part of a decade. Whether you opt for the 2009 models or something a little newer, there’s no doubt that Ford’s iconic should be on the shortlist. Here’s why.

 

#1. It’s Affordable

 

As a first-time driver, it’s impossible to think about buying a car without considering the price. The 2017 Fiesta starts at under $14k, while even the more expensive ST model is cheaper than you’d probably expect. When you use auto.loan to find the best financing package, the purchase needn’t blow your budget away.

 

Crucially, insurance quotes are very pleasing compared to many other vehicles while the running costs aren’t too bad either. Even spare parts won’t break the budget while you can reduce the expense further by choosing a used model. Even if you go back to a car with five years on the clock, it’ll still feel great as a first-time driver.

 

#2. It’s Safe

 

Safety should always be a major concern for any new driver. After all, you are more likely to suffer a crash, especially those due to your own mistakes, in the first year or two of driving. While many steps can be taken to stay protected behind the wheel, choosing a good car is key.

 

The supermini regularly scores well at IIHS testing, with only the small overlap front getting less than a green rating. The recent models also come equipped with Sat Navs, SYNC, and Bluetooth speaker systems to help avoid common distractions.

 

#3. It’s Stylish

 

Is the Ford Fiesta the most luxurious model on the market? Clearly not. Still, as far as cars in this price range are concerned, it is a fantastic solution. After four decades of continued progress, it’s safe to say that Ford has nailed the idea of designing a model that looks great inside and out.

 

The hatch, sedan, and ST versions are all available in many color schemes while interiors can be upgraded to suit the user’s specific needs. A range of different wheel designs, including the uber classy 17-inch Ebony black aluminum ST option, take that style to an even higher level.

 

#4. It’s Enjoyable

 

Your first car is one that you’ll never forget, so it’s vital that it’s one that’ll provide great memories. The Fiesta has long been heralded for its fun handling and enjoyable drive. The revamped 2017 model is no different.

 

Stats from sportscarstandings.com show that it might not be the quickest of cars, but its nippy driving is perfect for city life. Moreover, it is well equipped to handle tougher terrains as well as highway driving. As an enjoyable all-rounder, a first-time driver couldn’t really ask for anything more.

 

If you’re in a position to make a sixth generation Ford Fiesta model your first vehicle, doing it would be a very smart choice indeed.

Ford’s UK division has announced at the beginning of this week that the 2013 Fiesta ST is scheduled to go on sale in the United Kingdom starting with this March for a base price of 16,995 pounds when opting for the entry-level variant. The standard ST variant rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with goodies such as Ford DAB Radio, Recaro sport seats covered in cloth, as well as ST-style front fog lights.

The higher-spec ST-2 variant will set you back at least 17,995 pounds and adds LED daytime running lights (DLRs), a better Sony DAB Radio, keyless entry, half-leather Recaro seats and tinted glass.

It is very important to mention that the Blue Oval has decided to sell the Fiesta ST in Europe only as a three-door model, whereas in North America it’s available in a five-door hatchback configuration. Under the hood it boasts a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine which churns an impressive 180 hp. It has a peak torque of 214 lb-ft when overboost is activated.

This Ford-made EcoBoost engine comes connected exclusively to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Ford said they don’t plan on offering an automatic transmission for the Fiesta ST.

Source: Ford via Autocar

During this year’s Paris Motor Show held in September, Ford introduced the facelifted Fiesta which is offered in Europe with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

The Blue Oval has announced this week that the U.S.-spec 2014MY Fiesta will also be getting this frugal yet powerful engine next year when it goes on sale. The car’s public debut should be made next week when the Los Angeles Auto Show starts.

In North America the EcoBoost engine will be offered in the most powerful version, the one that outputs 123 hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft.

There aren’t any official EPA figures concerning the fuel consumption but we know that the European version of the 2013 Fiesta with the 1.0-liter Ecoboost 123 hp engine connected to a five-speed manual gearbox has a fuel consumption of just 4.3 liters / 100 km (54.7 mpg US). In this configuration, the refreshed Fiesta is capable of performing the 0-62 mph sprint in 9.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 122 mph.

Note: 2013 Euro-spec Ford Fiesta pictured.

The Blue Oval company has decided to reveal the refreshed Fiesta which has to face some pretty big competition from other models such as the Peugeot 208 and the Renault Clio. The Fiesta is now in its sixth generation and has received a welcomed facelift after the 2008 introduction.

It will be shown at the Paris Motor Show later on this year where it will bring its new Aston Martin-inspired front grille that will also be seen on the new Mondeo and the C-MAX Hybrid. It will come with more tech equipment like Ford SYNC, Active City Stop and MyKey.

There’s also a new engine choice in the form of the popular 1.0-liter EcoBoost unit with 99 HP (74 kW) or 118 HP (88 kW). Those interested in a more economical version can get the 2013 Fiesta with a 1.5-liter diesel that produces 74 HP (55 KW). Let’s not forget about the hotter Fiesta ST with its beefier 1.6-liter EcoBoost that generates 177 HP (132 kW) and a tweaked chassis.

2013 Ford Fiesta

Aside from the new look of the front grille, the updated Ford Fiesta has been fitted with LED daytime running lights installed within the headlamps, while the tail lamps have received new graphics. Inside the cabin there aren’t any major changes, but we do notice the new location of the buttons for the exterior mirrors and electric windows on the driver’s door. Expect these changes to come on the North American version of the Fiesta as well.