Ford Focus Wins Best Car In The Last 25 Years
The humble Ford Focus has beaten the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron to be named the greatest car of the past 25 years.
The car, which can be bought for as little as £500 today, has been a hit with families and petrol heads since it was launched by Ford in 1998 as a replacement for the ageing Escort, which had been built in various forms for 30 years.
It was an immediate sales success with pundits and owners hailing the modest motor for its design and performance.
And it appears its popularity has stood the test of time, with the 15-year-old MK1 model taking the title as the best car from the past quarter of a century.
In a survey by Auto Express magazine, the Focus came top with the Lancia Delta Integrale rally car taking second spot and the 240mph McLaren F1 third.
Making up the top five were the current Volkswagen Golf family hatchback and the Nissan GT-R supercar.
The Focus cost just £13,350 new and can be picked up for as little as £500 today, but it still beat the £830,000, 253mph Bugatti Veyron which could only make seventh of the list.
Other cars in the top ten included the Audi TT, Alfa Romeo 156, Aston Martin DB9 and Rover Mini Cooper.
The survey was carried out to celebrate the car magazine's 25th anniversary.