MY first drive of Ford’s new Focus came when it was launched in Scotland in March and I liked the car instantly.
Its stylish looks were impressive, as was the range of engines, and the quality finish inside and out couldn’t be faulted.
Only five-door hatchbacks were available then but I have sampled a couple of other models since and one of those was an estate version.
Despite gaining the extra room, this load-carrying model retains its good looks with a rear end that bears no resemblance at all to what estate cars once looked like.
I enjoyed a drive in the Zetec model – there’s the same line-up choice as the hatchback – Edge, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.
This car featured the 1.6 TDCi 113bhp engine and proved to be powerful and nippy enough through the six-speed manual gearbox.
I reckoned it handled just as well as its hatchback siblings during my drive and cruised comfortable and quietly at motorway speed.
The estate is ideal for those needing the extra load space and you don’t miss out on style or the high spec list which on this model includes air conditioning, DAB radio/CD player, Bluetooth, roof rails, 16-inch alloys, leather trimmed steering wheel and sports-style front seats.
It will cost you £19,595 - £1,100 more than the hatchback equivalent - but thanks to a CO2 of 109g/km you pay just £20 road tax and it’s quite frugal too with a combined economy figure of 67.3mpg.
I also got another chance behind the wheel of a 2.0 TDCi 138bhp Titanium hatchback and again couldn’t find a fault in the car.
It was obviously a much livelier engine yet despite being capable of hitting 62mph in just less than 9 seconds it can also achieve 56.5mpg combined.
The bundle of standards on this model includes engine stop/start button, cruise control with speed limiter and excellent driver and front seats with height and lumbar adjustment.
There’s a huge Focus range to choose from, in hatchback or estate shape, but I reckon you won’t be disappointed with any of these super new Ford models.