What's the used Ford Focus like?
A cracking load-carrier at prices you'll like, the Focus hatch may be the best of the range to drive, but the estate versions are not far behind.
Drivers will love the way it responds to the controls, particularly the steering, which lets you thread through bends and place the car just where you want it to be.
LX and Ghia models give a more comfortable ride than the sportier Zetec, Sport or Titanium, but they all jolt over the bumps in town. The engines are quiet, but too much road noise enters the cabin.
It's exceptionally comfortable for driver and passengers, too, and room in the back is generous, though not class-leading.
If you're watching the pennies, the Focus's reliability and cheap servicing will make you smile. But, think carefully about how old a car you buy. Most models have lost almost two-thirds of their value by their third birthday, so a nearly new car may not be such a bargain. But, if you look at it another way, a three-year-old Focus is great value.