(Originally published February 2011)
Here it is – the car that the British buy in enormous numbers. The all-new, stylish, streamlined Focus arrives in UK dealerships in March and will be positively bristling with gizmos wherever you look.
The first arrivals will be a sporty five-door hatchback and a capacious five-door estate, and they’ll be loaded with a range of advanced technologies that you’d be hard-pushed to find on more aristocratic marques.
Maybe that’s Ford’s way of ensuring they justify keeping their prices controversially high – the cheapest new Focus will set you back a fiver short of £16k – but there’s no option to opt-out of some of the high-tech and chop a couple of grand off the price. Its biggest rival, the VW Golf, could undercut it.
By all accounts, though, the Focus, with 1.6 petrol and 1.6 or 2.0 diesel engines, is a superb all-round performer, destined for mega-sales in 120 countries.
MM verdict: No longer cheap but still cheerful, Ford’s guaranteed winner.