The Car
ford-FocusThe Ford Focus is a friendly little family hatchback that comes with a nice range of engines and trims as well as a pretty decent standard equipment list. You’ll be surprised at how customisable the Focus is – there is a hatchback, estate, sports and high-performance model available from you to choose from and coupled with its 5 stars on the ANCAP safety rating due to all the airbags, the driver fatigue monitor and lane-departure warning system, you can’t really ask for more.

The Focus comes with a fierce grill, slim headlamps and plenty of options for colour. We’d recommend you going up the grade a little to the Titanium trim level so that you get more than the air-conditioning and a tyre pressure monitoring system with the likes of dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, the SYNC 2 touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control.

The Drive
We had a pretty fun time in the Focus when we brought it out to the road. It handles especially well for a compact hatchback and its steering and suspension gives it the impression of a car that’s much more agile than it looks. The controls are responsive and the gearboxes transitions between gears easily. Parking with the front and rear parking sensors as well as the reversing camera and self-parking system is easy and intuitive so you don’t have to worry too much about the sub-par visibility.

The 2014 model of the Focus improves the driving experience more to give it a clear position as a car that’s built to give you a pleasurable drive. And that means that you’ll be able to drive it faster while still retaining its grip and control, especially around corners, which is more than we can say for a lot of other options in this segment.

The Interior
There interior makes the Focus look quite modern with the SYNC 2 touchscreen infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard, if you can look past the quality of some of the plastics. They feel soft in the places at eye level and the silver trim makes it look quite classy but where your feet are, the quality seems to drop for some reason.

There isn’t a lot of cabin storage in here either, but you will get 316 litres in the boot before putting the 60:40 seats down. The rear seat passengers might also get a bit claustrophobic too since the windows are a bit on the small side but it is comfortable enough if there are only 2adults at the back.

Overall
The way the Focus drives, you’ll be able to get a good run for your money. And the fact that it’s pretty efficient is a big pro too. The boot is small and the interior doesn’t look very upmarket, but it does what it needs to do and you’ll be able to live with the capacity you’re given. Why not take a closer look at the figures for the Focus with The Smarter Finance Company and decide whether you’d like to go ahead with car financing for this model in due time.