I’m A Stay-At-Home Dad Who Doesn’t Stay At Home

Are you looking for a hatchback with SUV looks but without the extra costs? Then I think I’ve found the car for you.

Unless you are one of those few magical unicorn people who don’t have to worry about putting on weight you’re probably looking for different ways to stay active, even when you spend most of your time at home and even when you do go out you tend to have a little person trotting along next to you.

I’m not big on exercising, I’d much rather be curled up on the sofa, working on my computer or binge-watching something on Netflix but I know that when I do stay active, I have more energy and just feel better overall. This is why I try to get out of the house as much as possible. I have found that getting out of the house every day not only stops myself and the kids from being bored but it’s also helped a lot with my own mental health. I feel more positive, more motivated and more inspired to try new things.

The All-New Ford Fiesta Active rufty-tufty version of the UK’s best-selling new car and the latest addition to the compact crossover crowd. Think of it like this; If a standard Fiesta put on a pair of hiking boots and went trekking through the mud it would look like this car.

To get to know the car a bit better I teamed up with Evans Halshaw Ford at Batley, who kindly invited me down to test drive one of the cars for a few days. I have always been a massive lover of Ford as a brand and I have only ever driven Ford cars so when an opportunity to get up close and personal with a new model comes along, I am only too happy to help.

To give the Fiesta Active a more chunky off-road feel, Ford has made some ‘subtle’ changes to the car to make it the ‘Active’ model. It’s just a tad higher, has increased ride height, a slightly wider track and rough road suspension. All this results in a more robust, urban look. Along with the new styling, there are some features that make a big difference to this little urban crossover, such as;

  • Selectable Drive Modes: Eco, Normal, and Slippery
  • Rough Road Suspension including increased ride height
  • Rain sensing wipers & auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • Rear view camera with rear parking sensors
  • Ford SYNC 3 with 8” touchscreen, DAB Radio, Emergency Assistance, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 2 x USB sockets
  • B&O Premium Audio System with 360° sound System specification with 10-Speakers

I’d always go for the Active B&O, if only for the exquisite audio system and the 8.0-inch touchscreen (it’s only 6.5 inches in the entry-level car).

Now, who doesn’t need features like this on a car? With the increased ride height, rough road suspension and urban styling you certainly get more of an off-road, rugged, can take on anything feel when you’re out and about in this car. It’s a pretty decent cruiser on the motorway or doing the school but it’s definitely more at home going off-road, but only just.

There’s no four-wheel drive but the Active does offer three driving modes; Normal, Eco and Slippery, which tweaks the car’s traction control to give more grip on mud, snow and ice. Useful on those few days of the year when extreme weather makes driving difficult, or if you live in a more rural area. Plus the parking sensors and a rearview camera are a bonus when you have a kid winging in the backseat distracting you.

And with a good-sized boot, you won’t be short of space for the families hiking boots, camping gear and tents.


I’ve been driving around in this car for the last few days and like I said earlier, you definitely get an ‘it can take on anything’ feel when you’re driving it. It somehow feels tougher than the standard car and I’m not sure why. Is it because I’ve driven this car at the point in my life where I’m making more of a conscious effort to be active, to lead a healthier lifestyle and look after my general well being? Maybe? I’m not sitting around the house as much and getting up and out the door at a respectable time instead of having those lazy mornings in the house.

Most dads are looked up to as the big and strong superhero in their kids’ lives but how can we be big and strong if we’re never active? We can’t let our little offspring keep us from being big and strong, no way! This car has definitely been a reflection of my ever-changing mindset while I’ve been with it. I’m just not sure it would be the car for me.


I’ve never seen or driven a Fiesta like this before but then the Fiesta has never had to face the threat of a dramatically expanding small SUV sector before. This is Ford’s response and with the KA and Focus getting the same treatment, it’ll be interesting to see how buyers react.

Does this trendy variant make sense? In all honesty, I’m not sure it does but if you want a more interesting breed of Fiesta, then getting Active might be worth a thought.


*This post, even though it was sponsored by Evans Halshaw, it is my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed it!

Categories: Cars and Motoring, Collaborations, Reviews

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