Best used superminis
The Ford Fiesta Mk6 is the best used supermini car in our Used Car Awards 2017
Best used supermini: Ford Fiesta Mk6
Our pick: Ford Fiesta 2014 (64) 1.0 EcoBoost 100 Zetec 5dr, 16,625 miles, £6,940
Ford might have released its new Fiesta this year, but that doesn’t stop the previous sixth-generation model from remaining one of the best used buys around.
For the best part of a decade the Fiesta has been Britain’s top-selling car , which means there’s plenty of choice on the used market. We’d go for a Zetec model, as this offers the most practicality without sacrificing the Fiesta’s trademark sporty dynamics and style, while there’s a respectable level of kit on board.
It’s enhanced by Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine, added after a facelift in 2013. This is definitely the pick of the bunch as in 99bhp trim it balances enough flexibility and performance with solid real-world economy .
The Fiesta’s steering and suspension control make it great fun, but it’s grown-up and refined, too. There are more spacious superminis , but none comes close to offering this car’s level of ability for similar money.
Ford has had 40 years to perfect the recipe. With a choice of frugal diesel engines , including a 1.6 TDCi that promises to hit fuel economy highs of around 85mpg, as well as punchy turbocharged petrol models, there’s maturity beyond the budget here.
The Fiesta won’t cost you much to buy, and with such a wide choice of versions available, you can ensure you select the right used example for you.
A facelifted 2014 car in our chosen spec will cost as little as £6,900. With less than 17,000 miles on the clock there’ll be plenty of life left in the car, and with 781 dealers nationwide, Ford’s affordable servicing means it’ll be cost-effective to keep on the road. Regardless of the budget, the Fiesta is great to drive.
Driving: Fiesta’s fun handling is a trademark, plus there’s a range of engines for all needs
Interior: it’s not the largest cabin in the class, but the overall package is difficult to beat
Sam Naylor, Senior reviewer: “It’s difficult to look past the Fiesta as a used buy because the frugal, practical and fun Ford offers buyers so much. Other superminis might feel more modern inside or offer more room, but few combine all these traits in such an appealing and, importantly for a second-hand car, affordable package.”
Commended: Volkswagen Polo Mk5
It might be pricier than the Fiesta, but the VW Polo is as premium as superminis get. Frugal turbo petrols mean it shouldn’t cost much to run, while it’s refined and features a typically high-quality VW cabin loaded with kit. It’s not hard to see why it was a previous Auto Express Best Supermini.