It’s only when you climb inside Ford’s new Focus hatchback and drive it that you realise what a cracking family car this really is.
If you stuck a premium Audi badge on this then people would be raving about it.
But because it carries the familiar everyman blue oval Ford badge, the care and engineering attention to detail that has gone into the new Ford Focus can be easily overlooked.
In this respect, the new Focus five-seater family car is a bit of a Cinderella – but not only does it deserve to go to the ball, it’s a car in which you really can have a ball.
However, we don’t think it looks quite as good as the hatchback, with the elongated body creating a bulbous silhouette
Inside, the cabin has been decluttered and simplified to create a more calming and higher quality atmosphere with soft-touch materials, polished glass, brushed finishes, and ‘sophisticated jewellery elements’ designed to catch the eye and delight the senses.
In recent months I’ve driven sports cars worth five times as much that haven’t come close to feeling as engaging as Ford’s do-it-all family favourite Ray Massey
There’s also an eight-inch dashboard colour touchscreen with can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures.
The choice of engines encompasses a 1.0-litre EcoBoost motor delivering CO2 emissions from 108 grams per kilometre with the 1.5-litre EcoBoost managing 120g/km.
Ford’s advanced new turbocharged 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel promises emissions from 94g/km, with the 2.0-litre 150 horse-power EcoBlue engine managing 110g/km.
The UK is Ford’s biggest market in Europe and last year sold 70,000 Focus cars – a third of the 210,000 European total. This makes it the UK’s third-best-selling car after the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Golf – the latter of which it will hope to – and, on first impressions, should – overtake.