The Ford Focus stands out as the best driver’s car in the class, with handling that truly entertains. It's complemented by a fine ride that almost matches a Volkswagen 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
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: 1.5 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.
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