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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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Performance

4 out of 5 4.0

Two petrol engines and a diesel engine are available in the Focus Coupé Cabriolet. The cheapest choice is the 1.6-litre petrol producing 100bhp, but although smooth, it's not especially quick and takes 13.6 seconds to cover the 0-62mph benchmark. The 145bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine is better - it's more urgent with good pulling power, however it's the diesel which is the real pick of the range.

The 2.0 TDCi engine may not be the obvious choice for an open top car, but it's quiet and refined and sprints from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds (the same time as the 2.0-litre petrol). Unlike the two petrols it comes with a six-speed gearbox, rather than a five-speed - however all the transmissions are positive and slick-shifting.

Handling

4 out of 5 4.0

Thanks to extra body stiffening, much of the keen handling that the standard Focus has become renowned for, is carried over to the CC. It's surefooted through corners with plenty of grip and the steering is responsive with good weight and feel. Even with the roof down there's very little flex in the body, although it isn't quite as stiff as alternative convertibles like the Volkswagen Eos for example.

Over uneven and bumpy roads there's no vibration through the cabin, the supple suspension dealing well with poor surfaces. The trade off is a more body roll in tight bends than a standard Focus hatchback.

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The interior is straight out of the standard Focus hatchback. There's nothing wrong with that of course - it's comfortable, neatly styled and well finished, but it's disappointing that it doesn't stand out. If you're expecting something with flair and individuality you're out of luck. Aluminium trim helps give it a more upmarket feel, but it's still very ordinary for what is supposed to be a stylish car.

However, visibility is good with the top down, although the rear window is shallow with the roof up.

Comfort

3 out of 5 3.0

The Focus CC is only really suitable for four adults on short trips - those in the back will find limited legroom and head space compromised by a low roofline. The seats are comfortable though, air conditioning and electric windows are standard on all cars, plus the roof mechanism is fully automatic. Roof up, it feels snug and cosy like a coupé while roof down (with the windows up), buffeting is limited up to about 40mph.

A wind deflector can be chosen as an option, and provides bluster-free top-down motoring for two up to motorway speeds.

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