Mk1 Focus named as greatest car of the last 25 years

The overwhelming popularity of the Ford Focus has been proven in a recent poll by Auto Express, one which named the modest compact car as the greatest car of the last 25 years.

Seeing off stiff competition from the Alfa Romeo 156, the Volkswagen Golf mk7 and the Aston Martin DB9, the mk1 Focus showed exactly why it revolutionised the automobile market when it first began appearing in forecourts back in 1998.

The poll, which was organised in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the famous car magazine, asked readers to name their favourite vehicle from 1988 to present day. The Focus beat the Lancia Delta Integrale and the McLaren F1 to the top spot, which finished in second and third place respectively.

Originally designed as the perfect replacement for the ageing Escort, its versatility and variety of sizes have helped the model become hugely popular with everyone from families to petrol-heads, becoming a popular choice because of its impeccable design and tremendous performance.

The victory for the Focus proves that performance and reliability doesn't necessarily have to cost the earth, especially with the Focus available from as little as £13,495 in Ford dealerships across the country. In comparison, Bugatti Veyron – famous as the fastest road-legal vehicle in the world which costs around £840,000 – only managed to finish seventh on the list.

Now into its third generation, the sleek styling and host of technologies have meant that the Focus has kept its high regard and esteem, something it is expected to retain for years to come. The car is now available in a range of engine sizes and models, with the 5-door and 3-door versions of the Focus ST proving hugely appealing to drivers after a high-performance vehicle.

If you are keen to discover just why this famous vehicle has earned this fantastic accolade, why not head to a certified dealer and check out the collection of new and used Ford Focus models currently for sale.

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