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Ah yes, I’d heard there was a new Predator film on the loose. Apparently, Ford’s design department wasn’t inspired by a toothy alien assassin when drawing the new Focus. Could’ve fooled us. In top-spec Titanium X trim (we’ll ignore the mega-niche Vignale wannabe-lux version for now), the chrome-grilled Focus MkIV is toothy. And angry-eyed. And not altogether well-proportioned, especially riding on these fiddly-spoked 17-inch rims. Still, the last Focus was ugly. Ford hasn’t made a good looking one since the original twenty years ago. It’s not stopped the hatch regularly soaring into the canopy of Britain’s car sales charts. What we’re here to decipher is if the new one, in a very Britain-appropriate spec, is as likeable on UK roads as it was in the south of France. Which is what exactly? Titanium X trim isn’t just the brace-face. It’s part-leather heated seats with electric adjustment for the driver. It’s a 4.2-inch colour screen between the instruments that’s crammed with clearly laid-out consumption data and the like, and a 12.3-inch ‘SYNC 3’ main touchscreen that contains digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Ford’s own sat-nav – but annoyingly, only when your smartphone isn’t connected.