Now, when your in the market for a small car you instantly think of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla but you should now start thinking of the Ford Focus as it's had it's mid life updates and it's better than ever.
When driving the car around town you really feel the power steering changing the feel to make the ride more dynamic, which works quite well to be honest. I driven lots of cars but this car is absolutely fantastic, the suspension is well tuned, the brakes aren't too touchy like the Mazda 3. When it comes to service costs they are free until the 45,000KM service.
The feature that really stand out is the Sync 2 infotainment display that can change climate, radio, settings and call people as well. Other features like BLIS blind spot monitoring is a good addition, as is the AEB that has had to come into action 3 times.
I traded my old 2015 Ford Focus Titanium with the 2.0 diesel with the sports executive package on it to. It's going to be updated again soon so I would hold off buying one until it comes out as it makes a new Tech Package available to the Trend and Sport model that includes AEB, LDW, LKA, etc. The Titanium will come with a new Sports Executive pack that has a sunroof and HID Bi-Xenon headlights the were previously not available on the Australian market.
So if you're in the market for a new small car the Ford Focus is among the best.