Ford Focus (05 - 08)

After the huge impact made by the first Focus, the second generation brought some more innovation. They changed the look a bit but it is still unmistakably a Focus with its unique silhouette. Indeed the previous version is still in high demand. This has more cabin space and the interior has come on a lot. With an excellent chassis, it is no surprise to find this has taut handling and brilliant ride. There is also a higher level of standard kit. The seats are comfortable, there is ample leg and head room and you can easily fit five. There’s a big selection of capable and economic engines ranging from the 1.4-litre to the 2.0-litre petrol. There are also three diesel engines; the 1.6-litre TDCi, the 1.8-litre TDCi, and the 2.0-litre TDCi.

Look out for

•  There has been reports of a few niggles with the engine software; check everything works

What we like

•  It is an enjoyable and exciting car to drive

•  There’s a great selection of capable engines

•  The interior is refined, comfortable and probably best in class

•  The handling and ride quality are excellent

•  It is an economical machine

•  Holds on to its residual values really well

What we don't like

•  There are other cars that offer more in terms of boot space