The Ford Focus stands out as the best driver’s car in the class, complemented by a fine ride and decent practicalityread the full model review
Entry-level model gets some decent kit, including 16in alloy wheels, electric windows, driver’s side lumbar adjustment, air-con, a DAB radio, automatic emergency braking and lane assist. It only has a 4.2in infotainment screen, though, and we’d suggest bumping up to Zetec for a few more luxuries.
Engine:1.0 EcoBoost 125
This engine revs out smoothly but steadily, rather than with enthused gusto, and flat out through the gears it isn’t frisky enough to wake up your adrenal glands. However, officially it’ll still crack 0-62mph in 10.0sec; about what you can expect from a Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI. What matters most is that it’s pretty flexible if you keep it revving above 2000rpm. It’s efficient, too, with claimed average fuel economy of 58.9mpg and 108g/km of CO2.