I need to replacing my ancient Ford Fiesta, what should I choose?

We rather need to replace our high mileage and well worn 2004 Ford Fiesta. Still good to drive and almost completely reliable apart from troublesome front springs.

Problem is we live in the sticks, nowhere near EV charging infrastructure and don't want to get involved in such outlay. What we really require is a simple straightforward replacement for our beloved old 4 door hatch Fiesta. We're quite wary of some newer Fords however - an acquaintance has no end of grief with a small 'Eco boost' model that used to be in their possession.

Suggestions for new or recent used very welcome.

Asked on 14 August 2023 by Rob Howard-Evans

Answered by David Ross
Given that your current Fiesta suited your needs so well, you could replace it with a newer version but choose one without an EcoBoost engine if you wish to avoid it. Even the most recent Fiestas were available with a 1.1-litre non-EcoBoost petrol engine or you could go for the 1.5-litre diesel. Older versions were also available with a 1.25-litre petrol engine that did not feature the EcoBoost technology.

Alternatively if you are looking for something simple, we would suggest looking at the Dacia Sandero, which is robust and good value for money.
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