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A massive step forward for Ford in terms of styling, this Fiesta has started to woo the snobs back to the blue oval. As well as being fashionable, the design is not controversial, so the elderly have been buying them too.
The interior is relatively well made and thoroughly modern. It has a cosy feel but there is adequate space for four adults and as a school run car, it is perfect. The boot is fine for a small family shop too. Being a Ford, it is also cheap to service.
The improvements in style and build quality have come at a price - literally. Fords are not cheap to buy new or nearly new. Interestingly, as with the last Fiesta, it is the 1.4 TDCI engine that loses value early on, making it the right used car choice.
The 1.3 petrol engine offers an impressive 49 MPG but the diesel offers 67. They are similar money nearly new, but even after 1 year, the diesels become cheaper. So until they are older and repair costs becomes an issue the diesel wins.
Nearly new models are being kept above £10,000 by main dealers. 2 year old diesels with up to 20,000 miles are down to a more appealing £8,000, or if you shop around and haggle, £7,000. 5 door models can be as much as £4-800 more than 3 doors.
Really, 3 year old cars, with full service history and 12 months MOT are going to be the value cars, as the 1-2 year old motors still have the 'new car halo' effect. Prices on nearly new cars will soften when this design has been around longer.
Used Car Expert recommends that you try to buy after a big drop in depreciation and before the next one, so with the current Ford Fiesta you would aim to buy a 5 year old and you can keep it for some time before needing to worry about a big drop in value.
Diesel Ford Fiesta cars lose most over the first year (from new to 1 year old), so that is the best ‘nearly new’ buy in terms of car for money.
Diesel Ford Fiesta cars lose least between years 1 and 3, so this is the best buy if you want to keep the car for a while.
Diesel Ford Fiesta cars lose least between years 2 and 4, so that is the best buy on older cars.
For advice on what to pay, see below and for more detailed depreciation and mileage & spec adjusted prices & graphs visit our price guide.