The Ford Focus is an established veteran in the towing stakes, and it grabbed our attention with its sleek appearance. 

But there’s plenty to please inside as well. Compared to its predecessor, this Focus promises improved economy and emissions as well as sharper styling. We tested the 2.0 TDCi Titanium, priced at £20,845.

First and foremost, we hoped for unshakeable stability and performance on tow. And, because this class of car is popular for everyday duties, we’re looking for a pleasant drive without the tourer solo drive, a practical cabin and low running costs.