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Ford Focus sees off stiff competition to be crowned greatest car of last 25 years

The new Ford Focus ST in yellow

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The humble Ford Focus has been named the greatest car of the last quarter century in a consumer poll to mark the 25th anniversary of the Auto Express magazine, seeing off plenty of stiff competition in the process.

According to the editor of Auto Express, Jack Rix, the Focus beat a number of high-performance vehicles which included a hot hatch with world rally championship-winning pedigree and the world’s greatest supercar.

The McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron were just two of the high profile models beaten by the humble Ford, despite their strong motoring credentials.

McLaren are world-renowned for their high-powered vehicles while the sports version of the Veyron boasts the accolade of being the fastest legal road car in the world – impressive statistics which put the models in the top ten but didn’t prevent them from being deprived the top spot.

Other notable entries ranked lower than the Ford but included in the top ten vehicles are the Audi TT Mk1, Aston Martin DB9, Volkswagen Golf and Rover Mini Cooper.

Meanwhile, vehicles including the Rover CityRover, Skoda Estelle and Nissan Serena found their way onto the list of worst cars for the same period.

Ford Foucs ST engine bay
Ford Foucs ST engine bay

The success of the Ford Focus has been attributed to the simplicity and comfort of the design with Rix claiming it redefined family hatchbacks with a winning formula that remains popular today.

These views were shared by Kevin Delaney, Head of Road Safety at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (AIM), who commended the decision to celebrate a family car in the poll and felt the Fords universal appeal and affordability also contributed to its rank.

First introduced in 1998, the Ford Focus was an instant success with motorists – topping the UK charts for consecutive years before being replaced by a new, but equally popular, model in 2005.

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