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Ford Focus 4dr saloon

WHAT: Ford Focus 4dr saloon, 1.6-litre diesel 6spd gearbox, front-wheel drive, VRT is 14pc. €104 annual road tax.

COST: From €20,825. Titanium version starts at €24,575. Delivery, related

charges extra.

TARGET MARKET: Families, couples.

PLUS: Driving verve, styling, cabin, technology, price.

MINUS: Narrow boot aperture.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Big range of safety elements and airbags, electric front windows/mirrors, stereo radio/CD with USB connectivity. 'Edge' adds air con, remote audio controls, electric/heated door mirrors. 'Zetec' trim adds front fogs, sports-tuned suspension, sports-style front seats; centre console with arm rest and 'Titanium' tops off with dual-zone temperature control, automatic lights/wipers, hill start assist, cruise control with automatic speed limiter, Driver Assist pack.

OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Honda Civic, Kia cee'd, Mazda3, Citroen C4, Nissan Tiida, Opel Astra, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla/Auris, Volkswagen Golf.

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