★★★

With the Ford Fiesta now being repositioned as a more upmarket proposition, the outgoing model has been effectively been replaced by the new Ka+.

Usually when a replacement model arrives, it offers an improvement on what preceded it. Not in this case. The hugely popular Fiesta, which was Britain's best selling car, got full marks in its Euro NCAP safety test. The Ka+ could only manage three. 

Still, despite the higher price of the new, re-thought Fiesta, you can bet your house it'll still outsell the Ka+... 

Oh, the new Fiesta is rated five stars too.