- For: Great to drive, efficient engines, huge choice
- Against: Uninspiring interior, Vignale is too expensive
- Verdict: Dynamic leader is almost as good as the Golf
Twenty years after the ground-breaking original, the latest Focus remains the benchmark mid-size hatchback for those who enjoy driving.
Its cabin might look a tad uninspiring, but quality is much improved over the previous car, and there’s more space.
A wide range of petrol and diesel engines includes the ever-popular 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. Available with three power outputs, it delivers a tremendous blend of performance and efficiency.
Standard equipment is high, with the entry-level Style featuring a 4.2-inch colour display, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning and a host of safety systems.
Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale trim levels complete the mainstream line-up, along with the crossover-inspired Active.
All are available in practical estate guise, as is the sporty ST – the performance flagship.The Focus is arguably the best all-rounder in its segment, even if the Volkswagen Golf trumps it for quality and badge kudos.
- Launched: 2018
- Facelifted: TBC
- Due for replacement: TBC