For The Ford Focus is the sweetest-handling of all small estate cars. It's well equipped, competitively priced and as practical as most rivals.
Against The low-speed ride may prove a little firm for some tastes and the interior quality is not in the same league as a Volkswagen Golf's.
A superbly rounded family estate, the Ford Focus is practical, well specified, competitively priced and great to drive.
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There isn't a bad engine among the ones in the Ford Focus range that we've tried, but we reckon the best is the 113bhp 1.6 diesel. It’s strong enough and impressively smooth, although it’s not as efficient as some rivals in real-world driving.
All versions come with air-conditioning, electric front windows and Bluetooth. We’d understand if you wanted to upgrade to Titanium trim, because this brings a posher-looking dashboard stereo that gives the cabin a real lift, although it’s not cheap.
Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning with built-in lane-keeping are all available as options. As is Forward Alert, which warns of an impending crash, buzzing up a visual and audible alert. It can even apply the brakes to help minimise an impact.
The Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec Estate is a great car to drive, and has superb official figures for emissions and fuel economy. You might struggle to match the claimed 67mpg, but it should still be cheap to run.