Since the Ford Focus replaced the Escort in the late 1990s, it has been one of the UK's favourite cars. The latest model continues to commend itself as a well-equipped family hatchback that's particularly fun to drive and has a wide variety of models and engines to choose between. It also benefits from Ford's huge dealer network, so buying and maintaining one should be convenient and easy.
Whatever your requirements, there's bound to be a Focus for you. There's the usual five-door hatchback as well as a roomy estate to choose from. You can prioritise economy, luxury or sportiness, or any combination of the three. Ford's sporty-looking ST-Line trim level is available on the Focus with both petrol and diesel engines and as a hatchback or estate – as is the high-performance Focus ST itself. There's also the very high-performance Focus RS hatchback if speed is your absolute goal.
It's hard to complain about time spent inside a Focus. It's a good-looking interior, well put-together and of generally high quality. Here are some other reason why the Focus is a great car to buy: