The Ford Focus stands out as the best driver’s car in the class, with handling that will enthuse you keen drivers out there. That's complemented by a fine ride that almost matches a VW Golf for comfort and passenger space very nearly on a par with the Skoda Octavia. It's mainly the iffy interior quality and slightly lacklustre performance that mark it down.get the best price
This is based on Zetec trim, but along with its raised ride height and rugged looks adds 17in alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, a black roof, privacy glass, keyless start and sat-nav.
Engine:1.5 EcoBlue 120
Although we’ve not sampled all the diesels, we've tried this 118bhp version, which is likely to remain the sweet spot. It offers a good spread of shove once you’ve got past its momentary low-end lag and is relatively quiet and smooth once it's up to speed. At idle and around town it's a bit grumbly, though.