Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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.

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.