James thrashes new Fiesta and Polo
Posted: 21 May 2010
There's more. The Fiesta's brake pedal is too spongy, but the Polo's is nice and firm. Although the Fiesta's steering has a bit more life in it, the front tyres can squirm about on rutted surfaces, rather in the way they do in, ahem, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia. The Fiesta's gearchange is precise and light, but the Polo's has a pleasing metal quality that makes it feel somewhat clickety-click in use. I like that.
My other beef is that the Fiesta feels so massive. Yes, it is actually bigger in some vital respects, such as in the boot and, marginally, in the back seats. But what's with all this extra car between you and the windscreen? Moving the screen forward is a highly admirable aim, but only if the seat and associated bits and pieces go forward with it. Because of its roundy shape, the extremes of the Ford are difficult to discern, rather like the borders of the Alsace region. The crisp Polo definitely has boundaries, and you can see and sense them.