The Ford Focus has been the best-selling family hatch in the UK for some time now and with very good reason - and this latest offering from Ford is no exception. There’s something for everyone in the new line up with a wide range of models on offer, from the basic Studio variant to the high-octane, high performance ST model. What’s more, you’ll find both the turbo petrol and diesel engines deliver decent running costs too.
This latest third-generation Ford Focus sets the standard in the family hatchback market, providing supreme quality, comfort and handling - a true rival for the Volkswagen Golf. In late 2014 it was given a facelift, including a more upmarket-looking chrome grille, narrower headlights and a much improved interior. A new range of engines and technology were also introduced, helping it to better battle the Golf.
Those wanting more space have the option of the Ford Focus estate, too. Unusually, the estate version of the Ford Focus actually drives just as well as the hatch.
The Ford Focus is available in five main specifications - entry-level Studio, the Edge has now been replaced by Style trim with the mid-range Zetec and top-of-the-range Titanium and Titanium X. Meanwhile, those after a little extra performance will have the choice of the sporty Zetec S or the excellent Focus ST hot hatch - a great alternative to the likes of the VW Golf GTI and Renaultsport Megane.
The Ford Focus engine line-up features economical diesel and smooth petrol engines. We'd opt for the popular three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine, which strikes a balance between lively performance and low running costs.