Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Titanium Five-door

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Titanium five-door with optional Blue Wave paint scheme.

A few weeks ago a friend and I were on a country walk which at one point involved climbing over a stile. Despite being considerably the older party, well past retirement age, he made by far the better job of it. We speculated light-heartedly that he, with his engineering background, immediately set his mind to solving the problem while I, with my arts background, was thinking more about colour combinations. Perhaps because of this, my initial impression of the test car was entirely visual. When I first saw a 2017-on…

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Ford Edge 2.0 TDCi PowerShift Vignale

Highly coloured frontal shot of Ford Edge Vignale.

In October 2016, Ford announced a new Vignale version of the Edge SUV it had launched three months earlier. Vignale, named after a now defunct coachbuilding company established near Turin in 1948, is not quite a sub-brand but certainly Ford’s way of telling you that if you want the highest possible level of equipment in a particular model, this is where you’ll find it. In the case of the Edge, this equipment includes a lot of unique exterior detailing, polished aluminium wheels and, inside, plenty of hexagonal-quilted Windsor leather. There…

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Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi ST-Line Powershift AWD

Studio shot of white Ford Mondeo ST-Line estate.

If you’re going to buy a two-litre diesel Ford Mondeo ST-Line (and I don’t propose to suggest here that you do otherwise), the obvious choice for all manner of reasons is the front-wheel drive manual hatchback. It’s roomy, it has loads of equipment and it’s cheaper, quicker and more economical than all the other variants in the range. That’s it, really. You’re welcome. Well, maybe not. The other possibilities are worth considering, and it just happens that all of them are found in the car tested here. So let’s get…

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Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Convertible

Blue Ford Mustang Convertible front detail.

Since a new Mustang will be revealed at the Frankfurt Show in the near future, this is a good time to round off our reviews of the current model. There have been two so far – one of the V8 Convertible automatic, one of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Fastback manual – and it’s interesting to view the V8 Convertible manual in the light of experience of those variants. The first thing to say is that the EcoBoost engine is by far the more sensible choice of the two available. It’s decently…

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS Zetec Powershift Five-Door

Frontal action shot of new-for-2017 Ford Fiesta.

Ford is swimming in dubious waters when it claims that the Fiesta which went on sale in the UK recently is ‘all-new’. In fact it’s very similar to the one you could have bought – and may indeed actually have bought – at the beginning of 2017. It does look different, though, since Ford has reversed a previous policy of jazzing up the Fiesta by making this one look considerably less dramatic. Some things remain the same. As before, there’s far less rear passenger space than you’ll find in several…

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Ford Focus Estate 1.5 ST-Line

Iceberg Blue Ford Focus estate ST-LINE being driven vigorously on a tree-lined road.

For all its other delights, one thing you can’t say in favour of the Ford Focus hatchback is that it represents the last word in practicality. Not even close. Luggage capacity is a mere 316 or 1215 litres with the rear seats respectively up or down, which isn’t much. This doesn’t appear to be sending potential customers storming out Ford dealerships to seek better value elsewhere. In the first half of 2017 it was the second most registered car in the UK, and a high proportion of the vehicles in…

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Ford Focus RS Mountune

Head-on shot of blue Ford Focus RS Mountune.

Unusually, this is a review not of a car on its own but a car and an accessory. The car in question is the Focus RS, hottest of all Ford’s hatches, the accessory a power upgrade kit supplied by long-time Ford tuning expert Mountune. The kit includes a remapped ECU, a high-performance air filter and a revised air recirculation valve, and the overall effect is to increase maximum power of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine from 345 to 370bhp, or 350 to 375PS if you want to be continental…

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Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 140PS ST-Line

White Ford Fiesta ST-Line.

Here’s a tip for you. If you think that in, say, twenty years’ time you might be able to earn a few bucks by selling one of the last of the current-generation Fiesta ST-Lines, buy one now, stick it in a garage and keep it well polished. It will almost certainly be one of the final models of its type, because as you probably know a new Fiesta is just about to be launched. You’re welcome. Alternatively, you might just buy the car because you like it, which would be…

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Ford Fiesta Mk1 Popular

Mk1 Ford Fiesta Popular.

As someone who spent a large part of his youth competing in races, sprints and hillclimbs in a variety of Vauxhall Novas, I suppose I should have been programmed to dislike early examples of the Ford Fiesta. Fiestas, like Minis, were the enemy in those days. The Road Saloons up to 1300cc class was flooded with both, most of them driven by people of great talent and determination. There were times when I thought that if they would all scuttle off and leave me in peace my motorsport life would…

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Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 180PS Titanium X PowerShift

Red Ford Kuga being driven over a narrow lane on a wet day.

If you want to buy a front-wheel drive Ford Kuga, you may by all means do so, but only if its engine isn’t too lusty. More powerful ones such as the 178bhp diesel tested here are available as 4x4s only. This is a wise move. It’s not that the Kuga is, or was ever intended to be, particularly effective off-road (as I can attest, having once got one stuck on a mildly steep but very muddy slope), more that a high-set compact SUV can easily become wayward if all the…

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