We're big fans of the new Focus here at Autoblog UK. So when Ford offered us the chance to spend a week with a 1.6-litre 150bhp Titanium version, we jumped at the chance to spend an extended period of time with the new small family favourite.
It turned out to be the perfect week to try the new Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf rival, as the longest drive we had in the car was a 340 mile round trip to meet another of its rivals - the Peugeot 308 at the UK press launch in Cardiff.
As I mentioned in the launch report, despite spending plenty of time in the freshened French rival, it's the Ford that we were pleased to take home.
The clever technology such as the front facing camera, with its traffic sign recognition was probably most useful on my mammoth drive. Part of the optional £750 Driver Assistance Pack, I think it will prove very popular with fleet and private UK buyers trying to save their licenses.
The driving position is also excellent, the seats really comfortable and the Sony stereo good enough to make long trips less of a chore.
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The 150bhp version of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine is a gem. Happy to rev, it's a smooth performer feeling much more powerful than its 1.6-litres would suggest. Yet, it didn't have a drinking problem with a 47.1 Combined mpg figure.
To sum up, the Ford Focus is the driver's choice of the small family class. Its ride may be hard on the optional 18-inch alloys, but it handles brilliantly and the steering feels sharp. Whilst the styling doesn't really stand out against rivals, the Focus's sleek looks really grew on me during the week.