Ford's fourth-generation Focus is a step-change for the Blue Oval's hatchback. A fresh set of (Australian-designed) threads, a new transmission and a vastly improved interior should mean a reinvigoration.

But life is different now. SUVs rule. Hyundai and Mazda are fighting hard for top spot with the Corolla, which is still gamely hanging on to a shrinking market. The battle is hard, the rewards dwindling. It's almost like commercial television breakfast shows, but without the racism.

I drove the ST-Line on the car's launch and liked it a lot, so the opportunity to drive the Trend was welcome indeed. So, can the dynamism of the ST-Line trickle down to the lesser-equipped Trend and help put the Focus back in the game?