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The Ford Focus is the company's core family car, but it has a reputation for being great fun to drive
It competes directly with the likes of the VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra, and is available as a five-door hatchback and an estate. However, there's no three-door option.
Despite this, the Focus is consistently among the best-selling models in the country. Chances are you know at least one person who has one, and that means there are plenty of examples on the used car market (you can read our used Focus reviews here).
The latest version is competitive on most fronts, being good value for company or private buyers. Just bear in mind that a Skoda Octavia will give you more interior space and practicality, while the Golf will hold its value better and has a classier-feeling interior.
Also, be careful to pick the right engine and trim, because the cheapest Focus models can represent something of a false economy and won’t be as good to drive as those with more modern engines.
With that in mind, then, does the Focus deserve a place on your family car shopping list? And which version should you put your money against? Read on to find out.
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