The 1.25-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines are probably best avoided, as they now look and sound as dated as they are. The 58bhp version of the 1.25-litre is so underwhelming that it takes 16.9 seconds to cover the 0-62mph “dash”.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines are much more impressive, in both 98bhp and 123bhp guise. They’re small, but Ford has packed them with enough power to get you from rest to 62mph in 11.2 and 9.4 seconds respectively.
Only one diesel engine is available – 1.5-litre TCDi unit that comes in either 93 or 72bhp guise, with the former doing 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds. These diesels are your best bet if keeping running costs down is one of your main priorities, as they average fuel economy returns of 88mpg. However, they cost more to buy outright than the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which will save you money in the long run if you use your car primarily for shorter journeys.
The interior is comfortable and made from largely high-quality materials. Customisation options are good and if you add the right tech you can create a big car feel. Visibility is good thanks to an adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, while the cabin is just as boldly designed as the exterior. The sweeping dash looks the business, soft-touch plastics abound, while the brand’s SYNC system is an option worth snapping up.
Like the MINI, the Ford isn’t all that practical. It has a much bigger boot, which measures 290-litres, but in terms of all-round space, it falls way short when compared to other cars in this sector, such as the Kia Rio.
Its compact dimensions might not prove their worth in terms of rear seat space, but they do when it comes time to park. There is a five-door model available for a bit more versatility, while there are lots of handy storage spaces dotted around the cabin.
MINI – £14,075 – £20,375
Ford – £10,300 – £18,500