You simply cannot downplay the importance of the Ford Focus. Since replacing the dreary Escort back in 1998, it became a showroom sensation, regularly topping the UK sales charts.
Its appeal lay in its combination of value, practicality and engaging driving experience. Here was a car that taught dads they needn’t give up on driver thrills just because they spent most of their motoring lives on the school run.
Now in its third generation, the Focus has matured, offering greater levels of comfort, refinement and equipment. It’s also now available with Ford’s brilliant new 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine, which offers the power of conventional 1.6-litre, but with vastly reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
Should you consider a Ford Focus for your next family car? Check out our Snapshot Review to find out.