Ford Focus voted greatest car of the last 25 years

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Ford Focus voted greatest car of the last 25 years

Readers of Auto Express magazine voted in their droves to name the modest Ford Focus as the greatest car of the past 25 years.

The humble hatch, which was first introduced in 1998 as a replacement for the ever popular Ford Escort, managed to fend off competition from the likes of Ferrari and McLaren.

The poll was part of the magazine's 25th anniversary celebrations and saw the 240mph McLaren F1 take third spot, with the iconic Lancia Delta Integrale claiming second place.

Hypercars didn't seem to bother the top places as the Volkswagen-owned Bugatti Veyron – which is also on record as the world's fastest production car – only managed seventh place overall.

The Audi TT Mk1, Aston Martin DB9, Rover Mini Cooper and latest model of the VW Golf also made the list.

Jack Rix, news editor of Auto Express magazine, said: "The Ford Focus has beaten a hot hatch with world rally championship-winning pedigree and the world's greatest supercar to the top prize.

"That may shock some of you, but for us it there is no more deserving winner. "Why? Because when the Focus was introduced, it didn't just improve on the stodgy looks and driving dynamics of the Escort it replaced.

"It redefined what customers should expect from an affordable hatchback. Even today, it is a very comfortable car."

Motoring groups, such as the Institute of Advanced Motorists, have praised the cool heads and sensible voting of Auto Express readers. Kevin Delaney, head of road safety at the IAM told The Telegraph: "There are these sports cars out there and we can all look at them, but just as I am never likely to own a Rembrandt and I am never going to own a Bugatti Veyron.

"You can aspire to owning a Ford Focus and like all Fords they just go on and on. It is a simple, reliable form of mass transportation.

"If you were to ask what the greatest ever car was most people would probably say the Model T Ford and this is just following in that tradition."

​On the other end of the spectrum, the worst ten cars (in no particular order) were the Rover CityRover, Daihatsu Move, Mitsubishi Carisma, Suzuki X-90, Renault Avantime, Skoda Estelle, Lexus SC 430, Nissan Serena, Citroen C3 Pluriel and Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible.