For the last month or so I was driving one of Mr Hertz’ Fiestas while my own car is sitting in a closed garage waiting to be fixed at some time when they’re allowed open.

As I’ve been able to drive nowhere except to the shop for the past two weeks I’ve handed the Fiesta back and borrowed my father’s Focus.

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So, time to do a bit of comparing and contrasting of a Mk8 Fiesta and a Mk3 Focus.

This very Focus, in fact. The Focus as many know is a disaster because of the twin clutch gearbox and you can hardly give them away used. Hush. This isn’t America. We do manual Focuses and the automatic ones get the more reliable wet clutch DCT anyway.

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First, the engine. Down 100 cc on the Fiesta, same three cylinders but plus a turbo so 125 as opposed to 70 bhp. Happy times. I tried to explain to my father that the Focus has a smaller engine but getting on for twice the power which he found hard to grasp. Even with a couple of hundred extra kilos the Focus in noticeably quicker.

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Next, gears. The Focus has 20% more of these. That’s good, right? Not to me. There are too many bloody gears. The gate is very narrow so getting the desired first rather than third when moving off can be tricky.

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The Focus gets Android Auto. It gives you Google Maps instead of the standard satnav but otherwise it doesn’t offer much. The in car version of Google Play gives little functionality and you can get phone functions via Bluetooth anyway.

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Anything else? Well, the Focus gains climate control (because more upmarket model) but loses automatic lights (because older model).

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I preferred the Fiesta for all that.

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