Fiesta vs Clio: 1.0-litre hatch battle
Hammond loved his 3cyl Ford, but can it beat the tiny-engined Renault on British roads?
Posted: 15 Jun 2015
At least, we would if we were here to look at, er, looks. But we're not. We're here to drive like wild dervishes on twisty little roads, and on that score the Clio does a fine job. Its steering is quick and direct, and its little three-pot fizzes its way happily through the rev range. Britain's roads haven't weathered this grim winter well, but the Clio feels its way over cracks and patches with aplomb: supple enough to carry pace, stiff enough to prevent wheezy, weighty roll. It feels light. It is light: even with pudgy driver and a full tank of fuel, the Clio barely tops a tonne.
Light and fizzy it may be, but it can't shake the Fiesta. What a fine little car the Ford is, as class-leading today as when it was introduced in 2008. For 2013, it's been treated to a mild overhaul, gaining a new front grille definitely not appropriated from a spare-parts bin in the Gaydon area, and the lovely three-cylinder EcoBoost engine we have admired in the Focus.