Ford Focus is top used car - again

The coveted 'Used Car of the Year' award has been won by the Ford Focus for the second year in a row, the first time the top prize has been retained.

Judges in the Auto Express Glass's Guide Used Car Honours 2008 said price, the fact the Focus was an entertaining drive and the broad availability of second-hand models were key factors in its victory.

Jeff Paterson, chief car editor and judge, said, "The Ford Focus has again proved itself to be not only a top seller as a new car but also a great second-hand buy.

"Its ubiquity on our roads does nothing to dampen its desirability, and it means that used car buyers have a wide range of examples to choose from.

"Good residual values, decent equipment levels and a widely-acknowledged ability to entertain drivers all make the Focus a sound purchase and a worthy two-time winner of this award."

BMW took home a hat-trick of trophies, with victories for its 3-Series in the 'compact executive' and 'coupŽ' categories and the 5-Series in the 'executive' class.

Judges used valuation data and ownership costs provided by Glass's Guide, and assessed every car on sale since January 2007 against a broad range of criteria.

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