PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 August, 2005, 12:00am

What drives it? An 80 brake-horse- power, 16-valve, 1,388cc with a five-speed Durashift electronic shift technology transmission on 15-inch wheels.

How fast is it? 0-100km/h in 14.9 seconds.

How safe is it? Impressive, with a four-channel electronic anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution - adaptive dual-stage front airbags, advance seatbelt pretensioners and load-limiting retractors, rigid body and side impact door beams, anti-submarine seats, telescopic steering column, decoupling brake pedal passive anti-theft system.

How thirsty is it? 4.3 litres/100km on a 45-litre tank.

Nice touches: The air-conditioner is CFC-free, with a pollen filter, and the glass is thermally insulated. The Fiesta can turn in a 9.8-metre circle.

Available: $129,000-$139,000 from Ford Hong Kong (tel: 2503 1032)