Review

Ford Focus hatchback

£13,995 - £23,520

The Ford Focus continues to rule the small family hatchback market for Ford in the UK, making it one of the manufacturer's biggest success stories. The latest, third-generation Focus has become as popular as its predecessors while also simultaneously taking a major step forward in reliability, efficiency and safety to offer the best Focus yet. Its biggest competition still comes from the latest Volkswagen Golf, especially in terms of that car's supreme quality, but the Focus easily knocks it for six for handling and comfort.

The standard Ford Focus comes in six main specifications – entry-level Studio and Edge models being competitively priced and great fun to drive. Mid-range Zetec and Zetec S models add quite significantly more equipment and accessories, while the S offers better handling and a sportier ride. The top-of-the-range Titanium and Titanium X cars start to become a bit more expensive than a Focus really should be (it is still a Ford, after all) but they are very well equipped for the money.