THE latest Ford Focus offersa combination of style, great handling, roomy interior as well as low running costs and for most buyers that is more than enough.
But for those that demand luxury on top of all that Ford has introduced a range-topping Vignale model.
Originally a famous Italian coachbuilder back in the 1950s, Ford now adds the name to denote its most expensive models throughout its range from the Fiesta upwards.
On average buying a Vignale will add about £2,500 to the price on top of the Titanium X versions so it is quite an expensive choice.
I have been driving the 1.5 EcoBoost eight-speed automatic Focus Vignale which costs Â£28,500 and with a few added extras Â£31,270 - a considerable amount of cash for a Focus. Prices for Vignale start at Â£25,800 when fitted with smaller engines and go up to Â£29,500 for the top diesel.
Bags of bling certainly make it stand out from the crowd but you will have to decide whether or not you like the chrome on the grille, around the windows and the large 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the spacious cabin things are familiar Focus but with lots of added luxury.The leather seats are heated and cooled and power adjusted in the front. The dash is also covered in fine leather but the centre consule feels a bit flimsy and lets things down a bit.
Equipment wise the Vignale has everything you could want including a B&O premium audio system, Ford SYNC 3 with DAB radio/navigation, a floating eight-inch TFT colour touchscreen, a TFT coloured instrument cluster, heated steering wheel, active park assist, a head-up display, Quickclear windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and lots more.
The 1.5 EcoBoost engine in this car was good for 182ps and always felt lively and willing even with the automatic gearbox. It tackled the sprint to 62mph in 8.4 seconds and is apparently capable of 137mph. According to the latest WLTP figures it can average up to 39.8mpg with emissions of 137g/km.
It offers quiet cruising at motorway speeds and the Vignale feels as good on the road as any other Focus with sharp steering good handling and a comfortable suspension.
Extras fitted to the car I drove included Dark Mulberry paint at £550, adaptive front lighting at £425, a wireless charging pad at £100, a panorama roof at £995, active park assist 2 for automatic transmissions only at £200 and finally a driver assistance pack costing £500 which gives you traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control as well as lane centring assist.