Well, that was the longest week ever, wasn\u2019t it? Actually I\u2019m just delayed, and to the one\u2026two\u2026three\u2026four people who are officially waiting for my Ford Fiesta blog conclusion (based on the previous blog entry\u2019s comments), here it is. Thank you for your patience, and I apologize for keeping you waiting.\r\n\r\nThe Fiesta is now back in Ford\u2019s garage, and I\u2019m back with my reliable daily driver. Since the time I returned the Fiesta, I\u2019ve driven some of its competitors and this has given me added perspective on what makes Ford\u2019s subcompact so special--and where it needs improvement. So here are noteworthy things that you should know about the Ford Fiesta.\r\n\r\n1. Design/looks \u2013 Does your head turn when you see a Ford Fiesta drive by? This is simple and solid proof that Ford\u2019s Kinetic Design is effective. I\u2019m eager to see if this implementation on the coming Ford Focus is as good. Another barometer of the Fiesta\u2019s good looks is that it looks handsome in any body color. Have you encountered cars that you feel would look good only in certain colors? I thought the Fiesta\u2019s visual impact would only be maximized when sporting its signature chili-orange color. But as I see more and more Fiestas on the road, I realize it also looks good in black, white, red and blue. Actually after some time the visual novelty of the bright orange hue wears off. You might want to look at the other colors if you\u2019re considering getting a Fiesta hatch. Not all cars can pull of looking good in almost any paint. I take that as a testament of good design.\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Driving feel \u2013 No Fiesta review is complete without saying how fun it is to drive. Several components combine to create a sporty driving experience. There\u2019s the thick steering wheel, the grippy seats, the eager engine, and the taut suspension that keeps the Fiesta planted on the road but also isolates the road imperfections from the cabin--to a certain degree.\r\n\r\n\r\n3. Features \u2013 Except for the automatic climate control on the new Hyundai Accent, there isn\u2019t any feature in the subcompact segment I can think of that the Fiesta can\u2019t match--or exceed. It has rear bumper sensors, iPod interface, keyless alarm and entry, an onboard computer (with menu-based access to the car\u2019s systems), speakerphone and the newfangled voice control system. Like I said in my previous entry, the latter doesn\u2019t always work, and it will get frustrating at times. But if it can understand your voice it adds a useful novelty to operating the car\u2019s phone functions and audio system.\r\n\r\n4. Price \u2013 At P816,00, this top-of-the-line Fiesta is at a good price point. Its chief rival would be the Honda Jazz, and that hatchback is asking for P40,000 more. Yes, it\u2019s pricier than the other hatchbacks in the market like the Toyota Yaris and the Suzuki Swift--also good cars. But the Fiesta S is better specced. The match in features for the aforementioned Japanese hatchbacks would be the 1.6 Trend, and that matches the Toyota and undercuts the Suzuki by a few thousand. The Fiesta is definitely a value for money proposition.\r\n\r\n\r\n5. Fuel economy \u2013 Here we go: Based mostly on city driving with some hard acceleration thrown in, the Fiesta S did 8.22km/L. That was measured by dividing the 308 kilometers I traveled from a near empty tank to refueling, by the 37.467 liters of fuel I topped up the car with. Yes, the Fiesta isn\u2019t the most fuel-efficient subcompact out there. I admit there was some flooring of the gas pedal involved for, er, evaluative purposes. The fuel economy will almost surely improve with more care stepping on the accelerator.\r\n\r\n6. Space \u2013 There\u2019s a European feel to the cockpit that makes the Fiesta snug to ride and drive in. Depending on your idea of car comfort, this is either limiting or comfortable. It certainly helps when cornering or during acceleration. But if you\u2019re the type who likes gobs of space to lounge in, this might not be the car for you. I managed to load the Fiesta with four people, me included. There were two other men who were at least 5\u20198\u201d and a small woman. We fit comfortably puttering around the city.\r\n\r\n\r\n7. Transmission \u2013 Hello waterloo. I\u2019ve already written about the Fiesta\u2019s transmission dilemma in detail, so there\u2019s no need to regurgitate the experience. But a chat with our style guru Brian Afuang led to a tip. He told me to try the manual variant. With the Fiesta\u2019s chassis, it gives a more satisfying driving experience. That might be a good counterpoint to this series of blog entries. Stay tuned. Don\u2019t worry, if Ford lets me try out a manual Fiesta hatchback, I won\u2019t make you wait too long for a review.\r\n\r\n\r\nShe doesn\u2019t have anything to do with these blog entries except that she arranged the Ford Fiesta loan for me. I just thought her photo would make my blog look prettier.