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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Ford’s recipe for Focus’s dash is simple: chunky, easy to us, with everything to hand. Most of the buttons are oversized, making them easy to spot and use. Ford’s done a good job of placing them, too (we especially like the soothing click of the indicator switch). Latest Golf and Astra have more of an upmarket feel and a wow factor. Designed for mile-munching sales reps, so the seats don’t give you a numb bum after 300 miles.

The (interior) space race has moved on since 1998 when Focus was launched. There should be no problems up front, as there’s plenty of leg, head and shoulder room. Rear passengers will find legroom limiting on longer trips, though the saloon body style with four doors makes access easy. Getting three adults in the back isn’t out of the question.