Ford’s most successful compact car, the Fiesta, was originally launched in 1976 and has sold in excess of 16-million units around the world. It is still one of the bestselling nameplates in the UK. Now the sixth generation of the nomenclature has made its debut in SA, although it has taken quite some time to arrive locally and it debuts without any plans for the Active crossover version or the more luxurious Vignale derivative.

From a design perspective, the new model has evolved but still features the distinctive grille, while the headlights take on a more horizontal and less swept-back design. Viewed from the rear the tail lights are more horizontal in design, which gives it a more generic look compared to the edgier forbear. It is 71mm longer and 13mm wider than its predecessor, while the front track has increased by 30mm and the rear by 10mm. The wheelbase is 4mm longer, which has contributed to a 16mm increase in knee room for the rear passengers, an area where the previo...

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