What is it?
Our first chance to see how the fourth-generation Ford Focus copes with the challenge of UK roads after previously driving it on the international launch.
We've been given a thoroughly representative example, powered by the 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost engine in the 123bhp tune Ford predicts will make up the majority of UK sales. Being one of the lower-powered versions, it also uses a rear torsion beam axle in place of the more advanced multi-link system that has now been reserved for the brawnier members of the range.
The question of how well the car deals with low-rent British Tarmac is key to whether it will be able to maintain the dynamic superiority that marked its predecessors out from the chasing pack.
Titanium X trim brings plenty of standard equipment and a £22,820 price tag, but Ford had also given our test car a comprehensive options workout, with LED headlights (£750), a head-up display (£400), Assistance Pack including radar cruise (£500), the Convenience Pack that brings auto park and those natty pop-out door protectors (£500) and a B&O Play speaker upgrade (£350) — plus a few other bits — taking the total to an altitudinous £26,495.