Few manufacturers have had as significant an impact on the automotive world as Ford. From the mass-market Model T to the stupidly popular Ford Fiesta, the American automotive giant has consistently pushed the boundaries in the industry.

For this blog, I went through Ford's entire lineup and cherrypicked my six favourite Ford cars you can lease on contract hire. I tried to get a good of cars you’ve got a pint-sized city car in the Ford Ka+, a brute of an American muscle car in the Ford Mustang and a whole lot in between.

If I missed your favourite Ford, I want to hear about it! So jump down to the bottom of the article and let me know which motoring icon I missed out.

The Ford Ka+ is a little difficult to explain. It’s not, as you might expect, an organic evolution from the pint-sized Ford Ka. Instead, it's a miniaturising of the stupidly popular Ford Fiesta from which it borrows most of its mechanical DNA.

The new five-door Ka+ is longer than its outgoing predecessor by about a foot, which creates valuable (and much needed) space in the rear seats and boot. The new 270-litre boot is as big as most superminis (including the Ford Fiesta!) and is substantially bigger than most city cars.

With the Ka+, there's two trims to pick from (the fancy Zetec and entry-level Studio) and both receive a generous sprinkling of tech as standard. Pick up any model and you get electric door mirrors, Bluetooth and electric front mirrors. Compared to the sensationally basic entry-level Ford Ka models of old, it’s like living in a science fantasy film!

As the cheapest model in Ford’s extensive lineup, you might expect the Ka+ to feel a bit budget.

It doesn't.

The interior design is classy and robust, the soundproofing is decent, reducing wind and road noise to a dull hum and the driver's seat is comfortable and supportive.

On the road, the Ka+ feels smooth, ironing out all but the roughest of roads. The steering, as you’d expect from a city car, is superbly light and precise. Combine that with a wide windscreen and wing mirrors and you’ve got a car that can nip through traffic like a dainty rabbit.

Under the bonnet, you’ve not got too much choice. Well, you might say you’ve got two choice(s).

(Okay, I’ll cut the jokes and stick to reviewing.)

There’s two engines on offer (technically two versions of the same engine), which produce either 69bhp or 84bhp. They're both nippy on city streets but struggle to get up to motorway speeds without mashing the accelerator to the floor. The less powerful engine takes somewhere in the region of 16 seconds to go from 0-62mph, which really isn't the best.

The flip side to a smaller engine is good fuel economy. With an official fuel efficiency of 56.6MPG and real world performance between 40 and 55MPG, the Ka+ is good but not exceptional.

All in all, I really like the Ford Ka+ and think they made the right choice to re-engineer the car as a slimmed down Ford Fiesta. With a big boot, spacious interior and great driving experience, it's is a great choice whether you’re looking for a dinky city car or a larger supermini.

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Ford KA+ Hatchback (2016)

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M
  • CO2: 114g/km

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Since wooly mammoths walked the earth, the Ford Fiesta has reigned supreme as king of the superminis.

And that’s not because the Fiesta hasn't had any challengers. It has.

The techy Hyundai i20 showed what a modern car could feel like inside and the no-frills Dacia Sandero offered a price point that few manufacturers could match.

But despite admirable efforts, nothing has come close to the superb styling, faultless practicality and great driving of the Fiesta.

It was the sixth generation Fiesta — launched in 2008 and retired in 2017 — that really won over drivers, catapulting the once-quiet model to instant stardom.

So when Ford announced they were retiring it to launch a new gen, I was a bit worried. Would they reinvent the wheel and end up with square?

Thankfully, they've stayed more-or-less true to a winning formula and spent their time tweaking, polishing and refining what was already good about the older generations.

The new Fiesta is still a Fiesta but everything feels a little bit better.

Ford’s engineers have tweaked almost everything panel, component and setting, improving each element by one or two percent. The styling is that bit smarter, the feedback more tactile and the driving experience more fun.

Simply put, the Ford Fiesta is still a great car and still leads the hyper competitive pack.

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Ford Fiesta Hatchback

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  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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If the Ford Mustang was a person, I get the feeling it’d be truly terrifying. Six foot five, built like a tank with piercing, angry eyes. Say the wrong thing and you’ll be flying head-first through the nearest window!

Yep, the Mustang is a super aggressive motor.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. As a purebred American muscle car, we've got to talk about the most important element. The engine.

With the Mustang, you’ve got the choice of an economical 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost and a full-on 5.0-litre V8.

If you want the full muscle car experience, I think you know which one to get.

The V8 block sounds exactly like it should with a booming bassy roar every time you touch the accelerator.

And unlike some American muscle cars, the Mustang can actually back up the noise. Stand on the accelerator and you'll blast from 0-60mph in five seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph.

Find enough space to unleash the Mustang's 416 horses and it's stupidly entertaining.

Inside, Ford’s designers have really upped their game, upgrading both the design and build quality. The driver’s seat is now quite a pleasant place to be, which is a nice bonus for a muscle car!

The driving experience (around corners and everything!) is surprisingly good too. With all new rear suspension, the Mustang finally handles like a car and not a rigid metal box with a huge engine bolted on.

The front suspension’s also received a bit of a tune-up and you get much better feel through the steering wheel.

All in all, the Mustang is a hugely enjoyable, modern American muscle car.

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Ford Mustang Fastback

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  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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The first Ford Focus RS arrived in 2002 after Ford's engineers pulled a couple cars off the Focus assembly line and tuned them to within an inch of their lives. Their creation, dubbed the Focus RS, is something that's more at home on the race track than it is the suburban driveway.

Now into its third generation, the Focus RS is really hitting its straps and giving established players like the Volkswagen Golf R and Honda Civic Type R a real run for their money.

On the surface, Ford has stayed fairly true to the stock Ford Focus. Yes, the vents are bigger, the windows are tinted and the ride is lower. And yes, there’s an almighty aero kit bolted on but it’s still a Ford Focus, which, I guess, is the point.

The Focus RS has always been about bringing performance motoring to the masses and this generation is no different.

But it's under the bonnet that things get really exciting.

Ford has whipped out the old engine and replaced it with a precision-tuned 345bhp 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo from the Ford Mustang. Its power is unleashed through a six-speed manual gearbox and delivered to all four wheels.

That four-wheel-drive gets you off the line with brutal bone-jarring acceleration, managing 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds.

Once you get up to speed, though, the Focus RS doesn’t handle like a normal super-grippy all-wheel-drive car. You see, Focus has used a fancy electronic drive system that makes it handle like a drift-happy rear-wheel drive monster.

Needless to say that it's monumental fun on the track!

Now, I could get into what the Focus RS feels like when you’re cruising down a motorway or carefully navigating a multi-storey car park but I think we all know that that’s not the point.

If you want a sensational hot hatch without the price tag of the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi RS3 or Mercedes A45 AMG, look no further!

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Ford Focus RS Hatchback

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.3
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M
  • CO2: 175g/km

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The Ford Mondeo started life as a boxy family car way back in 1992 and throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, that’s how it stayed. Big, boxy and practical. It was the car you bought if you had 2.5 kids and a double garage. It was the ride of choice for the iconic Mondeo Man.

But then came the fourth generation Mondeo. (Confusingly, the fourth gen is actually the fifth iteration of the Mondeo if you include the first gen's facelift.)

For the fourth gen, Ford scrapped everything that came before it, went back to the drawing board and designed a car that could reinvent the Mondeo badge.

And the result was superb.

Starting on the outside,the Focus looks sensational! Defined by its big gaping front grille and beautiful lines down its bonnet, the new Focus catapulted itself from bang average company car to the impressively premium status symbol.

All three levels of trim (Style, Zetec and Titanium) have a boatload of tech as standard with even the basic model fitted with climate control and a big infotainment screen.

Behind the wheel, the Mondeo is incredibly comfortable. Glide round corners, over bumps and down motorways without a care in the world.

Unfortunately, the improved comfort comes at the expense of the driving experience, which isn’t quite as fun or engaged as it’s been in the past. Still, for most Mondeo drivers, that’s probably a trade off they’re willing to make.

Under the bonnet, There’s a lot of engines to choose from but, from what we've heard, most owners recommend either the 1.5-litre diesel ECOnetic or the 2.0-litre TDCi.

Sadly, in a world increasingly dominated by crossovers, saloons like the Mondeo are getting less and less popular. And I think that's a shame.

The Mondeo is a great car you’ll be hard pushed to find a better saloon out there.

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Ford Mondeo Saloon (2014)

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  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 1.8 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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The Edge is Ford’s flagship crossover, offering space, style and all-wheel drive. But with stiff competition from other crossovers and a hefty price tag, can the Edge hope to stand out?

From the outside, initial signs are good. The Edge is a good looking car, delivering an bulky but angular body and some nice front detailing with sections slotting together like highly engineered girders.

Under the bonnet, UK motorists get a choice of two versions of the same 2.0-litre engine, delivering either 178bhp or 207bhp. (There's a petrol engine too but it's only on offer to the Americans for some reason.)

The diesels are good enough though and have enough grunt to keep the two-tonne Edge feeling sprightly.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a sporty crossover like the Nissan Qashqai or the Kia Niro — it can feel a little laboured when you stamp on the accelerator — but nor is it a rolly polly 4x4 beast that makes a lot of noise for very little acceleration.

Thankfully, the handling is good and it more than makes up for the slightly underpowered engines. The steering is nicely weighted and you get a fair bit of feedback through the wheel. The ride is good too, balancing comfortable city driving with flat sportier cornering.

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Ford Edge Diesel Estate (2016)

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 149 - 152g/km

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