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The Ford Focus stands out as one of the best driver’s cars in the class, with truly entertaining handling if you go for our favourite ST-Line Edition trim. Its sharp dynamics are complemented by the decent ride, quiet cruising manners and lots of passenger space. The iffy interior quality and slightly lacklustre performance are the main areas that mark it down.
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The petrol version of the Focus ST is fast enough to live with the Renault Mégane RS and Hyundai i30 N but the Toyota GR Yaris is in a different league. The engine doesn't rev out cleanly, either, and its augmented note sounds a bit contrived, although there are smile-inducing fireworks from the exhaust. The six-speed manual gearbox is a delight to use but the optional seven-speed auto is unresponsive and dulling. It's not that economical, and the auto makes that worse, too.
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