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  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

We rather like the Ford Focus's entry-level 123bhp 1.0 Ecoboost 125 engine. It's not all that frisky (0-62mph takes 10.2sec) and the VW Golf 1.5 TSI 130 is punchier, but it has decent shove once the revs build past 2000rpm. If you choose to have it with the seven-speed automatic gearbox, it's called the 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 125 and has mild-hybrid tech. The Hybrid doesn't feel much quicker, but it is more efficient, making it our pick of the range if you want an automatic.

If you often carry lots of people or simply want a bit more pace, there's the 153bhp 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 155. Around town, the extra power doesn't make much difference, but if you get out on a country road and drop it down a couple of gears, it's keen to rev, and the 62mph time drops to 9.0sec. (For more performance, you'll need the hot-hatch version – see our Ford Focus ST review to read about that.)

Even the lower and stiffer ST-Line versions aren't bone-shakers, although you have to put up with greater firmness over sharper bumps and potholes. That's especially true on the ST-Line Vignale because of its bigger alloy wheels (18in). 

The SUV-inspired Active models go the opposite way, riding 30mm higher than the standard versions. The extra height means they have a bit more side-to-side sway over uneven surfaces than other versions.

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Handling

If you want the best-handling Focus, choose the ST-Line or ST-Line Vignale trim. The lower and stiffer suspension means its body leans the least in corners, and you can make the most of the playful cornering balance and agility. The Seat Leon is the only family car that can offer keen drivers such thrills for similar money.

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