When we gave the Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 a full road test, we didn't get near its fuel consumption figures, but the numbers we did return stand comparison with anything in the class. Ford still doesn't offer anything that nicks below the crucial 100g/km mark, but both the TDCi 115 and the 1.0 Ecoboost get close.

The lower-medium sector is one of the most fiercely competitive of all, so pricing and equipment differences are the stuff of spreadsheet dreams. The Focus is, again, competitive on the things you’d notice, like air-con and sat-nav. But while the range looks competitive next to VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra, it’s pricey up against the likes of the Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30.

While the range looks competitive next to Golf and Astra, it’s pricey up against the likes of the Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30

However, Ford counters with an impressive array of luxury features that you simply can’t get on many of its rivals. Sure, VWs can park themselves, too, these days, but when it comes to features like adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, traffic sign recognition, and so on – optional on most variants – it’s ahead of the pack. DAB and Bluetooth are also standard across the range.

Fords do not retain their value as well as Volkswagens in this class – very little does – but a Focus should hold its value better than an Astra and most of its other mainstream rivals.

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