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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

It would seem that Ford has worked hard to ensure its new Ford Focus retains its appeal not only for how it drives but for value for money as well. The sticker price of our ST-Line X specification test car highlights as much.

For £25,650, not only do you receive an extensive list of standard equipment that includes heated seats, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment suite, cruise control, 18in alloys and more, you’re also getting the range-topping 180bhp petrol motor under the bonnet. A similarly equipped Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI Evo R-Line may only be a shade more expensive at £25,875, but you’ll be buying a car with less performance and less kit, and one that’s not quite as incisive or engaging to drive.

Ford outperforms rivals from Seat and Volkswagen for retained value. Ageing Leon and Golf aren’t far behind, though

The Ford’s fuel consumption is a bit more contentious when you consider what this clever three-cylinder engine ought to be capable of, however. The Focus’s touring test fuel economy figure of 43.8mpg, combined with a fuel tank size of 52 litres, should see it capable of travelling up to 501 miles between fuel stops on a fairly economically driven long run.

Sounds entirely reasonable. But when we road tested the VW Golf 1.5 TSI Evo in 2017, its 51.7mpg touring test result equivalent and 50-litre tank translated to a touring range closer to 600 miles.