I had the opportunity to drive a basic (plastic wheel covers), new shape Fiesta with the “old” (these things are relative these days, I find) 1.25 4 cylinder engine the other week. I’m not going to comment on the styling inside or out, because I’m not a big fan of either and it’s got nothing to do with the point here. What I want to say is that it’s the most delightful thing I have actually driven in a very long time. The steering was lovely – direct, well weighted, with good feel (I am aware that anything has good feel compared to a Citroen C6). The engine was acceptably powerful, quite smooth, and gave a slightly out of place but pleasantly rorty rasp from the exhaust. The handling was great fun, flat and the whole thing beautifully agile, whilst the ride was well controlled, even if it skipped a bit over the poorly surfaced roads around the town I live in. The best feature was the gearchange, and the way that its weighting was perfectly in harmony with that of the other major controls – I found myself changing up and down for fun, such was the beautifully judged action. All in all quite a buzz from a very ordinary and relatively cheap little car. A delight! Why can’t all small cars drive this way? Furthermore, what can’t small cars that drive this way be given a greater dose of style? But then, maybe I would not have been so pleasantly surprised by the experience? Maybe perfection is over-rated?