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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The petrol engines range from a 1.4-litre to 2.0-litre unit. The 1.6-litre is available in two forms (100bhp and 115bhp) while there are three diesel units - a 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre and a 2.0 litre.The 1.6-litre TDCi with 110 bhp is the most popular - it pulls sweetly and has plenty of punch for effortless overtaking.

All models come with a five-speed gearbox except the 2.0 TDCi, which is a six-speeder. The high performance ST is covered in a separate review.

One of the Focus's greatest strengths is its handling. Even models with modest powerplants offer an enjoyable driving experience thanks to responsive steering and nimble yet surefooted behaviour through bends. Rivals have sought to catch up in this area, but few can match the Focus.

Ride quality also benefits from the sophisticated suspension which provides a settled and composed ride at all times, even in sportier models.