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Good: Sliding side doors and no central pillar mean unimpeded access. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Engines include 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol. Decent drive.
Bad: No models under 100g/km. Doors are thick and subsequently heavy to close. Cluttered centre stack.
Good: Neat styling. More practical than a Focus. Fine blend of ride comfort, handling and driver enjoyment. 1.6 TDCi emits 119g/km. High quality interior.
Bad: Small back window cuts rearwards visibility. 18-inch wheels don't do the ride any favours.
Good: Practical, spacious Fiesta based small SUV. Impressive 1.0 EcoBoost engine. Good quality ride.
Bad: Spare wheel on back door not everyone's taste. Tailgate opens wrong way for right hand drive. Handling not up to usual Ford standards.
Good: Diesel only and available with 210PS version of the 2.0 TDCI.
Bad: Not arriving until 2015.
Good: Sharper look for the updated Fiesta. Comes with Ford's award winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder. One of the best small hatchbacks money can buy.
Bad: Lots of strong hatchback competition around.
Good: Outstanding road handling. 1.6 EcoBoost engine has lots of torque. Practical and comfortable cabin. One of the best hot hatches money can buy.
Bad: Only available in three-door form. Rear seats can be a bit tight for large adults. Interior styling feels a little ordinary.
Good: The best car-derived small van on the market. Improvements mean all engines now emit less than 100g/km of CO2. Good looks and a quality interior.
Bad: Entry-level 1.25-litre engine not suited to motorway driving.
Good: Relaxed but still enjoyable to drive. Flexible 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre TDCi engines. Interior improved over old Focus. Useful safety and convenience technology.
Bad: Boot could be bigger. 1.0-litre EcoBoost doesn't do well in Real MPG. Larger wheels reduce ride quality. Unusual number of clutch problems.
Good: More refined than previous Focus but still good to drive, spacious and practical with big boot, easier to park than a Mondeo Estate.
Bad: Large wheels reduce ride quality.
Good: Available with a petrol or diesel engine for the same price. More refined than before.
Bad: Diesel is economical but lacks the fun factor.
Good: As big and as practical as ever. Excellent refinement and ride quality. Plenty of modern technology. Affordable running costs.
Bad: Expensive, particularly in upper trim levels. Options add even more cost. S-MAX is cheaper.
Good: Seven seats as standard along with sliding side doors. Outstanding combination of ride and handling. Good range of low emission petrol and diesel engines.
Bad: A seven-seater for young families rather than those with tall teenagers.
Good: Easy to drive and economical. Based on the Fiat 500 but handles much better. More room in rear than 500.
Bad: Diesel engine not worth the extra. Never got TwinAir engine.
Good: Probably the sportiest handling SUV in the £20k-£30k bracket. More spacious than original. Options include electric tailgate.
Bad: Ride on 18-inch and especially on 19-inch wheels is hard.
Good: Impressive quality and refinement makes it stand out from the competition. Rides exceptionally well but still with keen handling. Very spacious and practical interior.
Bad: Steering isn't as sharp as the previous Mondeo.
Good: Excellent blend of enjoyable driving and comfort. Spacious load area. Practical and well finished cabin. Well priced.
Bad: Volkswagen Passat Estate offers more technology and a better load area. 19-inch wheels impair ride quality.
Good: Known qualities of fifth generation Mondeo, with expensive premium leather trim and acoustic sound deadening to lift it into the luxury class.
Bad: Shifting entrenched attitudes is never easy, even if the product is better.
Good: Looks stunning. Decent value. Fun to drive. No other car can match the V8 for pound-per-horsepower.
Bad: V8 has a frightening thirst for fuel. Interior lacks quality. EcoBoost struggles with the Mustang’s considerable weight.
Good: Stylish and rugged looks. Comfortable cabin and option of five-seat Super Cab model. Five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. Impressive towing ability.
Bad: Some interior plastics look a little cheap especially on base models. 2.2 TDCi engine noisy when pushed.
Good: Improved engines, better interior quality and the option of four-wheel drive.
Bad: Too early to tell
Good: Hugely practical. Up to 16 seating configurations. Based on the excellent Transit Connect van. Impressive range of engines
Bad: Doesn't handle as well as a Mazda5 or a C-MAX.
Good: Compact size means tight turning circle. Economical 1.5 TDCi, handles well thanks to B-MAX platform. Practical and spacious interior. Lots of storage. Ideal for wheelchair conversion.
Bad: 1.0 EcoBoost engine can struggle with a full load.
Good: Nine seats as standard. Refined and quiet 2.2 TDCi engine. Rides very well. Quality feel to the cabin. Rear seats are comfortable and can all be removed if needed.
Bad: Folding the seats to get to the rearmost row isn't the smoothest of operations. Not available with electric rear doors.
Good: More refined and better to drive than before. Impressive interior quality. 2.2-litre diesel engine has improved economy. More than 450 model variants. Bluetooth as standard.
Bad: Other vans offer more overall loadspace.
Good: More upmarket than predecessor. Improved level of interior finish. Available with economical and cheap to run engines.
Bad: Plenty of competition in this market especially from the Volkswagen Caddy.
Good: Neatly styled. Can carry a Euro pallet. Available with 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Based on the Fiesta so handles well. Excellent build quality.
Bad: Some fiddly controls. 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine struggles on the motorway.
Good: New version of Ford's one tonne Transit. Impressively refined and upmarket. Strong 2.2 TDCi engines are economical. Short and long wheelbase versions available. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Bad: Legroom for front passengers is a little tight.
Good: Professional conversion by Wellhouse. Car-like driving and refinement. Versatile use of space and comfortable. Easy to get to grips with. Lots of customisation.
Bad: Pricey to buy. Expensive to kit out with optional extras.
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