D he largest group represents that from 2002 to Model built in 2008, which is an improvement on its predecessor in every respect. The interior and trunk benefit from the ten centimeter longer body, and above all the handling from the renovated chassis, and the seats also look much more adult. The suspension comfort suffers from the almost sporty design, however, and the basic petrol engine (60/70 hp) with the relatively high curb weight of 1,100 kilos is quickly overwhelmed, at least when heavily loaded and on long journeys.
Since autumn 2002 Ford also offers the nine centimeters higher on the same basis and longer offshoot Fusion, which despite the model change at the Fiesta (2008) is still being built today. With more space, more comfortable entry and a higher seating position, it has made many friends among young families and senior citizens who also appreciate its handiness and clarity. The two DOHC petrol engines (80/100 PS) or the two turbodiesels (68/90 PS) are recommended as drive, but they suffer from a pronounced starting weakness and rarely have a soot particle filter.
Although the material and the workmanship does not seem very high quality, the little Ford is a rock solid car without serious weak points and problem areas. According to the observations of the Dekra testers, it scores significantly better than most of its competitors across all areas and mileage, even of the models presented with more than 100,000 kilometers, only 12.6 percent (average 21.8) have significant defects. Ford only seems to have saved something when it comes to corrosion prevention, because especially in cars built in 2004 and 2005 there is sometimes rust on doors, wheel arches, exhaust or even brake lines.