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doesn’t af­fect any other pa­ram­e­ters.

Your car may be more so­phis­ti­cated - some lux­ury mod­els of­fer as many as 16 ad­just­ments. A com­mon ad­di­tion is lum­bar sup­port, which adds bol­ster­ing to the small of your back for greater sup­port. You may also have seat squab length ad­just­ment - a bril­liant ad­di­tion for those with long legs, as it helps sup­port un­der­neath the thigh.

Seat tilt ad­just­ment and side bol­ster ad­just­ment can also be of­fered.

Fi­nally, ad­just the head­rest - a cru­cial as­pect for safety, rather than com­fort. The top of the head­rest should be in line with the top of your head. SET­TING THE STEER­ING WHEEL Most mod­ern cars have a steer­ing wheel that ad­justs for reach and rake - in and out, and up and down, in other words. Ba­sic mod­els or smaller cars may es­chew one or both of these.

You should be able to rest your wrist on top of the wheel with your arm out­stretched. When turn­ing the wheel, your shoul­ders should re­main in con­tact with the seat - you shouldn’t have to lean for­ward to turn a cor­ner.

It also goes with­out say­ing that you should be able to see the car’s ma­jor di­als and gauges at a glance, too. OTHER AD­JUST­MENTS Set your mir­rors again once you’ve achieved the per­fect driv­ing po­si­tion - ob­vi­ously, this should be to max­imise your view be­hind you. Some cars also of­fer an ad­justable­height seat belt, which can be vi­tal for very tall or short driv­ers to pre­vent the belt rub­bing on your neck.

Clearly, not ev­ery­body is the same shape and size, and some driv­ers sim­ply won’t be able to get the per­fect driv­ing po­si­tion in ev­ery car. But fol­low these steps and you’ll at least get close. HE fourth-gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus, first in­tro­duced at the end of 2014 as both a hatch­back and es­tate car, was de­signed to ap­peal to driver and pas­sen­ger alike, just as Ford’s orig­i­nal Model T Tin Lizzie did more than a cen­tury ago.

Sleek, so­phis­ti­cated, roomy, with a build qual­ity up there with the best and loaded with state-of-the-art, high-tech giz­mos and safety fea­tures, the then new Fo­cus were Fords as you’d never seen them be­fore.

Lower and wider, with a new fam­i­ly­look trape­zoidal grille, it de­liv­ered a strong, mas­cu­line look. Slim, an­gu­lar head­lamps, elon­gated front foglamps and sculpted bon­net added to the some­what in-your-face look of the front end.

At the rear, a tail­gate ar­range­ment cou­pled with thin­ner tail lamps, gave the Fo­cus some­thing of a softer, sleeker look.

In­side, de­sign­ers acted on cus­tomer feed­back and the Fo­cus be­came much more driver friendly, with fewer switches and but­tons giv­ing a cleaner more sim­plis­tic and mod­ern look, while the over­all qual­ity was also much im­proved.

And it was eas­ier to drive. Bet­ter han­dling and sharper steer­ing, re­vised sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try and in­creased stiff­ness all helped add the car’s dy­nam­ics, while an en­hanced sta­bil­ity sys­tem could pre­dict a loss of trac­tion be­fore it ac­tu­ally hap­pened, trig­ger­ing sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tems faster than pre­vi­ously for safer, smoother jour­neys.

As for on-board tech­nol­ogy, well for a mid-priced fam­ily trans­porter, they didn’t come much bet­ter kit­ted out than this beauty.

Own­ers who let young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers ac­cess to their car, could limit the ve­hi­cle’s top speed and re­strict the vol­ume of the sound sys­tem via the car’s MyKey func­tion, stan­dard through­out the range.

For young mums and older driv­ers who find their move­ment some­what re­stricted, ac­tive park as­sist could recog­nise a suit­able park­ing place and re­verse the car safely into the slot with no steer­ing im­put from the driver.

As well as par­al­lel park­ing the Fo­cus, the sys­tem could also park the car per­pen­dic­u­larly, as in su­per­mar­ket car parks, where space is tight and shop­per’s park­ing is a lot to be de­sired.

It will also warn driv­ers re­vers­ing out of those park­ing spa­ces, should any ve­hi­cle be ap­proach­ing to cross be­hind them.

The eight-inch touch screen with Ford’s ad­vanced SYNC 2 con­nec­tiv­ity sys­tem was just made for the techno geeks and so­cial me­dia lovers of this world.

Unique to Europe, the SYNC 2 sat nav gives a split-screen dis­play with de­tailed in­ter­sec­tions, spo­ken street names, 3D junc­tions and land­mark views.

It also offed ad­vanced voice recog­ni­tion, al­low­ing driv­ers to ad­just the cli­mate con­trol, or ac­ti­vate the au­dio sys­tem, sat nav­i­ga­tion and con­nected mo­bile phones with a sim­ple voice com­mand.

As with pre­vi­ous ranges, the new Fo­cus comes with a host of trim and en­gine choices, and even the en­try-level Stu­dio 1.6-litre, 84bhp petrol of­fer­ing was well equipped for the job in hand.

You’ll find elec­tric front win­dows, air con­di­tion­ing, trip com­puter, eco mode in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, ESP with trac­tion con­trol and emer­gency brake as­sist, hill start as­sist and Ford MyKey.

Mov­ing up, Style spec added fea­tures such as Ford SYNC, Thatcham alarm, CD/ ra­dio with 4.2-inch screen. Zetec added a host of other good­ies, such as al­loy wheels, quick­clear heated wind­screen, leather-trimmed steer­ing wheel halo­gen head­lamps, while Zetec S in­cludes sports sus­pen­sion, LED run­ning lights, rear spoiler and sports ped­als.

Ti­ta­nium mod­els got SYNC 2 with eight-inch touch screen DAB au­dio sys­tem with en­hanced voice con­trol, ac­tive city stop, cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter, au­to­matic head­light and 16-inch al­loys, while Ti­ta­nium X sported part leather up­hol­stery, en­hanced ac­tive park as­sist, rear-view cam­era, heated front seats, am­bi­ent LED light­ing, Bi-xenon head­lights and 17-inch al­loys.

With a range of one-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre petrol en­gines along with 1.5-litre and two-litre diesel en­gines in a range of power out­puts from 84bhp to 180bhp, buy­ers are cer­tainly spoiled for choice.

But look out for the three-cylin­der, onelitre EcoBoost en­gine with its low 105g/ km CO2 emis­sions or the 148bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost which were the big petrol sellers, while my favourite, the 148bhp 1.5-litre TDCi, 10 per cent more fu­el­ef­fi­cient than the 1.6-litre unit it re­placed, is a great choice for those in the mar­ket for a diesel.

Pay around the £5,250 mark for a 2015 15-reg one-litre EcoBoost hatch­back or £5,000 for a sim­i­lar-aged 1.5-litre TDCi. Es­tate ver­sions are slightly more ex­pen­sive, start­ing from about £6,000.

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