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For This model’s three-cylinder Ecoboost engine performs well and is remarkably refined, plus it brings small company car tax bills. Zetec models come with sports seats, a leather steering wheel and alloy wheels.

Against Zetec models have some rather cheap looking cabin trim, and the Focus isn’t as practical as many small family cars, either. The engine falls well short of its official economy figure in real-world driving.

Ford Focus Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

If you’re after a petrol Focus, the Ford Focus 1.0 125 Ecoboost Zetec has the engine to go for. What's more, Zetec is our favourite trim.

What Car? readers say

3.866667


Key facts

0–60mph
11.3 secs
Top speed
120 mph
Average mpg
56.5
Tank range
684 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There isn't a bad engine among the ones in the Ford Focus range that we've tried, but we reckon the best is the 113bhp 1.6 diesel. It’s strong enough and impressively smooth, although it’s not as efficient as some rivals in real-world driving.

All versions come with air-conditioning, electric front windows and a USB connection. Popular Zetec trim adds alloys, Bluetooth, a digital radio and a heated windscreen. We’d understand if you wanted to upgrade to Titanium trim, because this brings more convenience equipment and a posher-looking dashboard that gives the cabin a real lift, although it’s not cheap.

However you specify your Focus, make sure you get a big discount. Dealers should be prepared to knock off thousands of pounds, especially on more expensive versions. The Focus doesn’t have particularly strong resale values, so a discount will help partially offset the steep depreciation.

Reader test team says:

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4 out of 5 stars
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