THE Ford Fiesta may be due for replacement in 2017 but it is still worthy of serious consideration.
That is because Ford is making it really attractive with special edition models thatmake the supermini great value.
It may be relatively long in the tooth but thecurrent Fiesta can still compete favourably with much younger opposition - thanks to some sharp-looking colour edition models introduced recently.
I have just tried the Zetec Blue Edition which comes in fetching Candy Blue paintwork and some snazzy white trimmings. It will appeal more to younger drivers who like to stand out from the crowd and it certainly has a visual impact.
Based on the popular Zetec trim, the Blue Edition comes with hill start assist, air conditioning, heated windscreen a decent audio system with DAB radio and full connectivity, privacy glass, leather steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, power foldable mirrors with puddle lights, LED daytime running lights, headlight courtesy delay, tyre pressure monitoring system and remote central locking.
The instruments and switches and plastics may be a little dated - after all this model was launched back in 2008 - but the cabin is bright and offers a surprising amount of room. Four adults can travel in comfort in this five-door model and there is also decent room for luggage.
The Blue Edition comes with a choice of two engines, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit which will set you back an additional £1,000 or the older 1.25-litre plant that has been around for some time.
This car featured the latter in 82ps form and that will provide enough power for most Fiesta drivers.
It is good for 104mph and tackles the sprint to 62mph in a leisurely 13.3 seconds, although it does feel quicker.
Ford claim a healthy 54.3mpg on the combined cycle but you are more likely to achieve high 40s in real motoring conditions with emissions of 122g/km.
You have to work the engine to get the best out of it but that is not a problem thanks to the nice five-speed manual gearbox.
The Fiesta's dynamics are as sharp as ever and Britain's best-seller is still great to drive thanks to its agility and sharp steering.
It is possible to personalise the Edition model by adding heated front seats for £175, a Ford navigation system with Ford Sync for a reasonable £400 and a City Pack which adds rear parking sensors for £200.
While the Fiesta may lack the refinement of some of its newer rivals this model is still an attractive proposition at £14,445 and dealer offers will cut that even further.