FUEL OF PROMISE; HERE'S THE 85MPG FIESTA!
WHO'D DRIVE IT Just about everybody IF, like me, you're staggered that last week's Budget did nothing to cool the UK's highest ever diesel price of pounds 1.48 a litre, then you need a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic.
Prices kick off at pounds 14,445 and Ford's baby now returns an awesome 85 miles to every gallon, thanks largely to a Dagenham-built, super-efficient 1.6-litre TDCi engine.
There's also a slew of technical tweaks, such as low rolling-resistance tyres, revised gear ratios, start-stop, more efficient air con, alternator and oil pump, lightweight materials, underside aerodynamics and even a non-slip fan belt. There's also an ECOnetic Fiesta van from just pounds 12,215.
You may not care it emits just 87g/km CO2, which means free road tax and no congestion charge, but you'll be interested in what it can do for your finances.
Families doing 12,000 miles in a 40mpg diesel motor pay pounds 2,050 in fuel a year. The same mileage in an ECOnetic costs pounds 961 - a saving of more than 50 per cent. Looks like the ECOnetic has just become Britain's most desirable supermini.
TECH FILE ENGINE 1560cc turbodiesel POWER 94hp 0-60 15.4 MAX 111 PRICE pounds 14,445 IN A WORD Super-sipper