The entry-level Focus hatchback, called Style, looks like good value because it’s the cheapest trim and yet it still comes with air-con, DAB and a USB input. However, it’s the only trim that doesn’t get alloy wheels and the big colour touchscreen in the dash, so we’d avoid it.
Zetec is our pick of the range, because it gets more supportive front seats, heated windscreen and door mirrors, an 8.0in colour touchscreen, alloy wheels, foglights and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and will hold its value better than the less desirable Studio trim.
Titanium and Titanium X are expensive, so you’ll be getting better value by going for Zetec and being selective about adding a few bits of key equipment.
The Red and Black Edition models are based on the Zetec S chassis and are only available with the more potent engines in the range, as a sort of halfway-house between the everyday models and the faster, more focussed ST hot hatch. However, you’re paying a lot for the extravagant styling of the Red or Black Edition, and you don’t get much else - you're best sticking with the Zetec S models.
Of the ST sports models, ST-2 is the best bet because it gets all the kit you could want, including dual-zone climate control and part-leather upholstery.