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Little and large stars for Ford 

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THE Ford stable has a massive selection of cars to cater for motorists’ various tastes.

And there’s no shortage of options in engines or trim when it comes to choosing the model that’s the right fit for you.

I’ve been sampling a few Ford cars recently and was impressed by a little and large offering.

The smaller model needs no introduction as it was a Fiesta but the larger Edge SUV is still fairly new to the UK roads.

The Fiesta has been a regular best seller since its launch back in 1977 and the recent new arrival looks set to be a sales chart topper.

It’s available with a wide range of three and five door models and five trim levels.

There’s also five petrol and two diesel engines to pick from with manual or automatic transmissions.

The test car was one of the top-of-the range offerings – a Titanium five-door with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine under the bonnet.

I had sampled this 100ps turbo charged power unit with automatic transmission earlier and was really impressed with the perky response from the engine, going up through the gears.

The slick manual six-speed manual box didn’t disappoint either, providing quick and smooth gear changes.

This eighth-generation Fiesta is still very much a fun car to drive, displaying super agility and grip as I tackled bends at speed on a quiet country road.

It was nippy enough right through the gears with a zero to 62mph time of 10.5 seconds and capable of 113mph.

Fuel consumption figures are impressive with an official combined figure of 65.7mpg.

And with its light steering you won’t have any problems parking it in tight spaces.

A new suspension takes it smoothly over potholes and the Fiesta is also a quiet performer on the motorway with little engine, wind or road noise.

The new Fiesta is longer and wider than its predecessor with rear seat passengers’ benefits including extra legroom.

A higher quality interior features an eight-inch touchscreen allowing easy access to Ford Sync 3 Navigation, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay with two USB sockets and six speakers.

Other standard items on the Titanium include keyless start, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps with cornering lights, 16-inch 10-spoke alloys, quickclear heated winds-creen.

Entry-level models start at under £13,000 and the £16,795 price on the test model is certain to temp buyers.

Next up was another car that didn’t disappoint when it came to luxury – an Edge Vignale.

This four-wheel drive SUV gets the quality touch – inside and out.

It looks big and aggressive and stands out from the crowd with its 20-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and other chrome detailing.

Step inside and the luxury continues with perforated top-quality leather seating.

It’s a huge interior and seats five adults comfortably with lots of leg, head and elbow room front and rear.

There’s also lots of luggage space – 602 litres with seats up and rising to a whopping 1,847 litres with rear seats folded.

There are two Edge Vignale 2.0-litre turbo diesel models – a 180ps with six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed 210ps PowerShift automatic.

I sampled the auto version and was impressed by the instant response of power I got

from low to high range.

It powered to 62mph in just 9.4 seconds and with a top speed of 131mph cruised along the motorway quietly and smoothly.

Despite its size, the Edge cornered well with good all-round grip that also got top pass marks when I got the chance to drive along some early-morning icy roads.

With an on-the-road price of £42,695, you expect luxury and the test model has this in spades.

The Edge Vignale is the ideal SUV for families, coping with every-day driving and perfect for long journeys with its excellent road handling and comfort.

It has a claimed fuel con-sumption figure of 47.9mpg.

There isn’t enough space here to list all the standard features on the Edge Vignale.

These include Sony DAB navigation system with 12 speakers, SYNC 3 with Bluetooth and voice control, eight-inch touchscreen, 10-way heated power driver and passenger seats, front and rear parking sensors, hands free power tailgate, rear view camera, active city stop with pedestrian detec-tion and privacy glass.