Ford Fiesta Active (2018) At A Glance
The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car and a brand in itself. Ford also sells the EcoSport, a lacklustre crossover only bought by faithful Ford fans unwilling to consider more competitive rivals.
The firm has decided it needs something in the middle - a car that crosses the venn diagram of enthusiastic Fiesta buyers and the booming crossover market. Enter the Fiesta Active, a beefed-up supermini with an extra 18mm of ride height and some body cladding.
Buyers can choose a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 85PS, 100PS, 125PS or 140PS guise. Or there's a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 85PS or 120PS. The 100PS petrol is available as an automatic, but the rest come with a manual gearbox.
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What's the best small crossover or SUV for a hilly environment?
"I live in rural Wales and need a small-medium car or SUV with decent ground clearance, which can handle potholes, floods and snow. Service and running costs are also a consideration. It'll be my wife's vehicle to work, about 12k miles per year. About £10k available to purchase a suitable vehicle."
Take a look at the Suzuki Vitara. It's a brilliant little crossover SUV that sounds like it'd suit your wife's requirements well. It'll be cheap to run, too. We'd also recommend a Honda HR-V or, if your wife would prefer a hatchback, take a look at the Ford Fiesta Active. It's a Fiesta with an increased ride height which should provide a bit more confidence on rural roads. It might push the budget but there are a few available for less than £10,000.
I want to replace my aging Ford Ka with something reliable, but a bit more robust - what do you suggest?
"I'm looking to change my car in 6-12 months time. I drive a Ford Ka, which I have had since new and it will be six years old this year. I currently drive along a lot of A and B rural roads, so I'm looking for something a bit more robust. However, I'm not sure whether to go down the SUV road or upgrade to a slightly bigger car. Whatever I get will need to be economical and reliable as a priority. Also, I don't have a family to drive around so I'm wondering whether I actually need a very large family car for one person. I would love to have a convertible or something sporty but not sure that's the most practical option. I've got absolutely no idea what to even look at."
How about a Ford Fiesta? It's bigger than your Ka, so will feel more robust, while also being reliable and cheap to run. It's also fun to drive and you could opt for the rugged Active model if you want something a little more SUV-like. Also, consider small crossover SUVs like the new Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Cross. These have higher seating positions - which might be good for the kind of driving you do - without being significantly bigger or more expensive to run than a hatchback. As a left-field choice, if you don't need much in the way of practicality, take a look at a Mazda MX-5. They're reliable and cheap to run, while also being sporty and fun to drive.
What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in bad weather conditions?
"What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in wintery conditions? So far we have looked at the Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift and Vauxhall Corsa."
You could look at a Ford Fiesta Active, which has an extra 18mm in ride height which might help on rural roads or in the snow. Alternatively, the Suzuki Swift is available with 4x4 which will aid traction in slippery conditions. Whatever you buy, I'd recommend fitting a set of winter tyres - they make a huge difference in cold weather.
Can you suggest a small car with an elevated driving position?
"My wife drives a 14-year-old Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin which is nearing its end. Can you suggest a small car with an elevated driving position which might be considered to go against the trend, with all these cars tending to look the same. Generally short journeys with occasional trips of less than 150 miles."
It sounds like a small crossover would be ideal - but they're very much on trend so finding one which will stand out is difficult. The Suzuki Vitara offers an elevated driving position, while also being very practical and reliable. You can spec it in some funky colours to make it stand out, too. If you'd prefer something smaller, consider a Ford Fiesta Active. It's based on the excellent Fiesta, with marginally more ground clearance and a higher seating position.