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
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 EcoBoost 150
If you regularly carry lots of people and need more oomph, the 1.5 petrols have a bit more guts. Thus far, we’ve tried only the 180bhp version, though.