New Ford Focus review: So good it should tempt German car buyers

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.

Cinderella car: Daily Mail motoring editor Ray Massey says the new Ford Focus not only deserves to go to the ball, it’s a car in which you really can have a ball Ray took to the wheel of the £21,570 Ford Focus ST-Line car and was mightily impressed with the full package Flip the car into 'sport' mode and it feels more engaging to drive than sports cars worth five times as much As well as being utterly brilliant to drive, the new Focus is pretty nice to look at. Built in Germany, the purposeful looks should make you reconsider the country's native brands The 2018 Ford Focus is on sale now in both hatch and estate variants. A jacked-up Active crossover is due in 2019 The Ford Focus has become a tour-de-force for technology. The new-for-2018 car even has a feature that scans the road ahead to prepare for potholes The 1.5-litre petrol engine is the first 3-cylinder motor to have an active cylinder shut-down feature. When you're cruising through two, the middle cylinder deactivates to save fuel and reduce the emissions from the double oval exhaust outlets The Ford Focus interior has been de-cluttered and fitted with a new 8-inch touchscreen and ‘sophisticated jewellery elements’ to make it feel upmarket If the hatchback isn't practical enough for you, the Ford Focus Estate might be a better option... However, we don't think it looks quite as good as the hatchback, with the elongated body creating a bulbous silhouette  However, we don't think it looks quite as good as the hatchback, with the elongated body creating a bulbous silhouette 

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. 

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