Ford Fiesta tops running costs research chart

The result reflects the status of the Ford Fiesta as the current best selling new car in the UK market this year.

CAP keeps track of thousands of enquiries from motorists looking to save money by choosing the best car for their long-term budgets.

To complete their chart for the most researched models of interest, CAP tracked the enquiries of up to 100,000 consumers a month who are in the market to change their car. CAP used their finding to reveal the top ten cars most researched for long term running costs.

Specifically the Ford Fiesta with a petrol engine was found to be the car of most interest to UK motorists’ investigating long term running costs. A similar study from CAP last year saw the petrol-powered Ford Fiesta top the chart back then as well.

Motorists interested in the Ford Fiesta with a petrol engine can get the supermini with the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine.

The Ecoboost engine utilises cutting-edge technologies including direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to deliver the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine.

Available with outputs of 79bhp, 99bhp or 123bhp, Ford reports that Ecoboost engines account for over 40 per cent of Fiesta UK sales.

Originally mated with only a manual gearbox, Ford recently made the Ecoboost for the Fiesta available with a six-speed Powershift automatic gearbox.

With the Ecoboost and Powershift together, the Fiesta returns an official combined fuel consumption of 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

Pricing for the Ford Fiesta range currently varies between £9,995 and £17,995. The Fiesta’s continued popularity can be explained not just by its excellent Ecoboost engine, but also its versatility which can suit both younger drivers and family motorists.

Other cars which made it on CAP’s top ten list included other Ford models. The Ford Focus is also riding high, placing number four on the chart. Meanwhile, diesel powered versions of the Ford Fiesta ran ninth overall.

One of the cars to slip in between the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus was the Nissan Qashqai (diesel).

The Sunderland-made crossover has been found to be third in the cars motorists are most interested in researching the long term running costs for.