Since the first Fords were built in Manchester at the dawn of the motor car, the blue oval has had a special place in the heart of British motorists. Though today the company doesn’t built cars in the UK, Ford remains as much loved as ever. Here are Diesel Car’s top 5 Fords.
1. Ford Focus
The Focus rewrote the rule book for the family hatch when Ford first unveiled the replacement for the legendary Escort. While today’s Focus might be a little bit more conservative than the 1998 original but it keeps that car’s spirit alive with aplomb. What made the Focus so engaging was the way it drove. Simply put, it out-handled and out maneuvered its competition. The current model has some stiff competition, but it still manages to put the driver right at the centre of the experience – not something all of its rivals do.
2. Ford Fiesta
The Fiesta has been one of Britain’s most popular cars ever since its original inception way back in 1979. Today’s Fiesta is a vastly more sophisticated beast but one thing that remains is its popularity. So what’s the secret of its staying power? Great looks and impressive fuel economy, all while continuing to offer a decent drive. When you look at it like this, it’s hardly surprising the Fiesta is such a strong seller.
3. Ford Kuga
Every manufacturer these days seems to offer a crossover and Ford joined the party with the Kuga in 2008. The mk2 Kuga launched in 2013 and has proved so popular Ford have had to increase production in order to meet demand for the car. It’s good looking, well equipped and entertaining to drive – little wonder then that it’s proved so popular.
4. Ford S-Max
Many will have you believe that all MPVs are dull, boring boxes on wheels, offering all the driver engagement of a bowl of custard. Not so with the superb S-Max. Here Ford have built an MPV capable of carrying the family in comfort and putting a smile on your face while you do it. Neat design and a responsive, communicative chassis make this a driver’s MPV and no mistake.
5. Ford Transit
The Transit is a true icon – the backbone of Britain, as Ford once said. Though Transit production has now left the UK, the van remains as popular as ever. The newest version is more car-like and luxurious than any Transit that has gone before it. A fitting continuation to a near 50-year story.