For many, the Ford Focus embodies the whole small family car sector. It’s one of the best cars of its type to drive, with agile handling, a comfortable ride and punchy engines. It’s also affordable to buy and run, and it’s practical enough for a small family.
The new Astra is among the front-runners in the small family hatchback class, and considering the strength of the competition, that’s praise indeed. Comfortable and engaging to drive, well equipped and easy to live with, it’s an excellent all-rounder.
The E-Class range has many strings to its bow. You can have the car in saloon, estate, coupe and convertible bodystyles, and there’s a wide range of engines and equipment levels to choose from. Choose wisely, though, because some combinations are a lot better than others.