The new version of the used Ford Focus has been described as the "most desirable hot hatch" of 2009 by Auto Express.
The latest Focus RS – which is the fastest mainstream model in the automaker’s history – features a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged engine which is capable of producing 310bhp.
Furthermore, the new vehicle can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, while a top speed of 163mph is attainable.
The magazine explains that drivers will find it particularly versatile and that it is a "fabulously comfortable ride".
"Thanks to a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality, it cruises serenely at high speed, the engine settling to a gentle hum," it contends.
"But as soon as the driver floors the accelerator, it once again becomes a true powerhouse."
The car is retailing for £24,995 and 1,800 customers have already snapped one up, according to the magazine.
The Ford Focus was launched in 1998 in Europe and it has since becoming the best-selling car in the UK.