Ford family cars beat inflation rise

Between 2008 and 2012, inflation rose by 14.5 per cent and, as a general rule, car prices matched the hike.

However, as some manufacturers prices exceeded the inflation rate by up to 8.5 per cent, research by automotive experts Which? has revealed that Ford’s popular family models, including the Focus and C-Max, have lowered their prices.

The Focus hatchback was the third best seller in April 2012 with 5,491 units sold and was the overall second best seller last year, the Ford Fiesta being first.

Although this is the case, the price of the new Ford Focus 1.6-litre Zetec petrol model has actually been reduced by five per cent over the last four years in comparison to inflation. Which means it is available from just £17,025.

With this low price tag, the Focus is still one of the family favourites. The Focus 1.6-litre Zetec petrol offers plenty of interior space for the kids and over 1,148 litres of stowage space. The Zetec trim also adds a digital radio, USB connectivity and sports seats.

The new Ford C-Max 1.6-litre Zetec diesel MPV has also seen a price drop over the last four years, falling 5.5 per cent compared to inflation and branding a low starting price of just £19,180.

The Ford C-Max is also a family favourite as it offers similar equipment to the Focus, but with the added perk of greater storage space. The C-max offers up to 1,723 litres of stowage space and its Zetec trim adds air conditioning, digital radio, six speaker audio system and a leather steering wheel.

Ford vehicles are available from Perry’s Aylesbury and Perrys High Wycombe dealerships.