Ford Focus

The Focus competes in one of most hotly contested classes in the market, going head-to-head with models such as the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra – and even more upmarket offerings like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. It's available as a five-door only, and a facelift in late 2014 improved styling, refinement, technology and emissions, helping it take the fight to the VW Golf more effectively than ever before. Thankfully, it remains great to drive.

Ford Focus hatchback

£13,995 - £23,520
5 Doors
4.4 / 5
  • Great to drive
  • Excellent range of engines
  • Better looking than previous model
  • Boot is a bit small
  • High price for top-spec models
  • Interior quality not best-in-class

The new Ford Focus wades into battle with its arch-rival the Volkswagen Golf armed with an attractive new chrome grille, revised interior and a range of more economical engines. The Ford Focus has always been the best model to drive in its class and that isn't set to change. The new Focus gets Ford's SYNC technology, which allows you to control the car's systems by speaking, and can also read incoming text messages aloud.

Ford Focus estate

£17,880 - £24,610
5 Doors
4.1 / 5
  • Practical family car
  • Plenty of engine choice
  • Durable, versatile
  • Boot could be bigger
  • Basic entry-level spec
  • Top spec suffers heavy depreciation

With its practical load bay and generously sized interior, the Ford Focus estate will be ideal for small business users and families alike – thanks to its all-round practicality and hard-wearing interior. Offering a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, it mixes its versatility with low running costs. Although entry-level cars don’t offer a great deal of luxury, buyers should beware of heavy depreciation on top-specification models.

Ford Focus ST estate

£19,095 - £24,095
5 Doors
4.2 / 5
  • Superb to drive
  • Surprisingly comfortable
  • Well priced
  • Poor economy
  • Smaller boot than Skoda Octavia vRS
  • Outlandish looks

The new Ford Focus ST estate rights many of the hot hatch's wrongs, offering loads of extra boot space without compromising on driving thrills and sporty looks. Its 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine is powerful and responsive, while the stylish Recaro seats are really comfortable and very supportive.

Ford Focus Electric hatchback

5 Doors
2.8 / 5
  • Very quiet
  • Cheap to run
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Extra weight compromises handling
  • Expensive to buy
  • Poor mileage range compared to petrol car

The Ford Focus Electric is a purely electric version of Ford's popular hatchback and uses a 143bhp electric motor that's linked to two batteries for zero CO2 exhaust emissions. The car comes with plenty of standard equipment and a high quality interior but the batteries are heavy and accomodating them in the Focus has compromised its practicality. Arguably the biggest problem is the car's price, which makes it much more expensive than a number of rivals and roughly the same price as the excellent BMW i3 Range Extender, which has double the 100-mile range (as well as a back-up petrol engine) of the Focus Electric and is better to drive.

Ford Focus ST hatchback

5 Doors
4.4 / 5
  • Just as practical as standard car
  • Comfortable but quick
  • Great value for money
  • Subtle styling
  • Not the fastest hot hatchback
  • No three-door version

The all-new Ford Focus ST is a performance-oriented version of the Focus, but is built with an eye on everyday usability as well. As a result it's not only blisteringly quick in a straight line but it's also comfortable and refined too. The suspension strikes a great balance between ensuring sharp handling and softly sprung comfort, while the engine sounds quiet below 3500rpm. Unlike the old Focus ST, the current model is only available as a five-door and it now comes as an estate model too, which means it's more of a family car than ever before.. It also starts at a price-tag that greatly undercuts its main rivals.