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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

You'll get a good mix of performance and economy from the 1.6, but expect it to struggle, if the rear is fully loaded. 1.8 is gutsy and is the best everyday petrol performer. The earliest TDi diesels are a bit rough and old fashioned, but still frugal. Later TDCis are quieter, sip fuel and are much better to drive. Surprising to see the 2.0 ST170 with the estate bodystyle - looks good and goes well.

A good choice for the faster family.

Focus has set the standard that only now are Volkswagen and Vauxhall (and others) have matched. A rigid bodyshell, all-independent suspension and well-tuned chassis makes Focus is enjoyable to drive, with good grip while still retaining a supple ride. It was the first car of its generation to give a responsive, agile and enjoyable drive. You'll find CL and LX models are more softly sprung, so roll around a bit even in gentle corners.

Zetec and Ghia models are much more composed. 2.0 ST170 has a harsher ride. Competent cruiser on the motorway.