Size:The car had to be a certain length to fit with the other car on the driveway, so anything too long was immediately out of the question. There's not a huge amount of cars in that bracket that can fit a family of 4, but the extra 6 inches of length and headroom over the fiesta makes a big difference in rear legroom. It means there's enough room for my 18 year old daughter to sit comfortably.
The boot is just about big enough for two suitcases, as there is a board that comes out, to give a level loading surface, or a slightly deeper boot space. It's packed full for a week-long family of 4 holiday but it's just about enough. We wouldn't survive if my youngest still needed the baby paraphernalia.
Spec:I bought the Titanium edition, as a key requirement for me was that I wanted cruise control. I commute for 2 hours every day, and you end up with a sore foot otherwise! The Sony stereo is really good quality and I can plug a 128GB USB stick and have all my MP3s in the car, with voice control to select the artist or album. There's also a second cigarette lighter plug in the centre console which is ideal for powering chargers for the kids in the back seat.
Engine:This was one of the most important decisions for me - I wanted an automatic transmission, but that was only offered on the much older 1.6L engine, and the EcoBoost 1.0L engine was more important too me, both for fuel economy and the fact it has start-stop engine technology.
I went for the 120bhp Ecoboost engine option to give the car a little bit more oomph (the standard engine is 100bhp), and I'm happy to say that unlike my old 1.2L Honda Jazz, I can keep it in 5th gear and still accelerate up hills!
I use the Android app Fuelio to track my fill-ups, and I'm getting an average of 44.3 mpg.