Red hot and full of black magic

This is a Ford Fiesta, one of the Red and Black Editions models. It’ll set you back just £16K. And it only has a one-litre engine. And yet it’s got more horsepower per litre than a Bugatti Veyron. That’s all you need to tell your friends about your new Fiesta, says Matt Prior in Autocar.

But it doesn’t just win you bragging rights. It’s a “real pleasure” to drive too: agile, fun and engaging, and a “good car in which to spend lots of time”.

The claim that the car is more powerful than a supercar on a per-litre basis is PR spin that sounds more impressive than it really is, says Giles Smith in The Sunday Times. But that doesn’t mean that this car isn’t impressive in its own “cleverly compressed” kind of way.

The one-litre engine has been subject to some “engineering alchemy” and cunning turbo boosting, which means it can now very efficiently do the work of far thirstier and dirtier 1.6 engines.

The acceleration won’t exactly “pin you to the back window”, but its close rivals would be hard pushed to come close to it in a traffic light dash. As hot hatches go, this one is “red hot and full of black magic”.

It’s also practical for everyday use, says Luke Madden in AutoExpress, and, if you drive carefully, you should hit 50mpg. This could be the most rounded version of Britain’s best-selling car yet.

Price: £15,995
Top speed: 125mph
0-62mph: 9.0 seconds
Engine: 999cc, turbo petrol
Power: 138bhp at 6000rpm
Torque: 155 lb ft at 2,000rpm

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