James thrashes new Fiesta and Polo
Posted: 21 May 2010
Consider the radios. I think the Ford's may sound better, but the Polo's is nicer to use, because it is arranged as a row of big buttons and the names of stations appear above each one in glorious LCD. The Ford's is fussy, and driven through a console of buttons and menus seemingly designed to make inadequate people feel like they're flying a combat aircraft. It's only the radio.
In short, the inside of the Fiesta feels like a bit of a plastic novelty, whereas the Polo cabin feels like somewhere to sit while driving a humdrum hatchback. The Polo smells better.
I have to say, though, that I couldn't work out how to turn off the Polo's headlights. It's possible that they're meant to be on all the time, but in that case why is there a switch for them? They're on anyway, even when they're off. This annoys me in the way rain-sensing windscreen wipers do - if you can't work out when you can't see any more, you really shouldn't be driving a car.