If you buy a pre-2011 Ford Focus, you’ll have to accept it’s not going to be the most fashionable family motor around. In spite of that, a secondhand Focus can trounce similarly aged competitors.
It's dependable, scored top marks in the Euro NCAP crash safety test – with five stars and, with its big boot and well-dressed cabin, the Ford offers first class storage space. Three door versions make getting in and out of the back seats a pain, but it’s still roomy enough once you’re in.
Five-door models offer extra headroom and obviously, if you have kids, more access points will make your life easier. Indeed, a used Ford Focus is a hatchback that can do little wrong. Its only shortcoming is that it's more common than fish and chips.