The Focus is available as a hatchback or an estate – its the estate we’re testing here.

Diesel engines start with the 95PS 1.5 EcoBlue – the most powerful option being the 150PS 1.5 EcoBlue. The petrol line-up ranges from an 85PS 1.0 EcoBoost to the 182PS 1.5 EcoBoost that we’ve been driving.

Our test car is in the sporty ST Line X spec, reasonably priced at £26,750.

Every iteration of the Focus has been enjoyable to drive. Does the new car build on that, while improving space and practicality? And how well does it tow? Read on to find out.