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A Grand Monday: Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ghia

Published 01 April 2019

The Fiesta for the 1990s was billed as 'The little car that thinks big' and was certainly a step forward from its predecessor.

With stiff competition in the supermini market, Ford offered a five-door body style for the first time (a long way behind the Vauxhall Nova, Peugeot 205 and even the Rover Metro in bringing a more family-friendly supermini to market.

It also offered a more upmarket cabin, with plush velour trim from LX trim upwards and a smartly integrated centre console. The wedgy styling gave a more modern dynamic, too, even if the tappety engines (evolutions of the old Kent/Valencia units), rubbery gearchange and indifferent handling didn’t. 

Other superminis arguably did the job better, but none sold as well as the Fiesta, which achieved over a million sales in its first two years of production, meaning that nostalgia for the model is guaranteed.

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Despite that, survival rates are low, thanks to many falling into disposable banger territory, or rotting away completely.

This 1.4 Ghia model, then, is a rare survivor and one that’s definitely worth preserving as the model celebrates its 30thbirthday. With just 49,000 miles on the clock and an advisory-free MoT, we reckon £950 is a bit of a bargain.


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