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For A good spread of mid-range power means the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec is a flexible performer, and with great official economy, you'll travel a massive distance between fill- ups. Zetec builds on Edge trim and adds sports seats, a leather steering wheel, alloy wheels and a Quickclear heated windscreen.

Against This engine is a bit flat and a bit jerky at very low revs and not that quiet when extended, either.

Ford Focus Hatchback

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4 out of 5 stars

The Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec is a great car to drive, and has superb official figures for emissions and fuel economy. You might struggle to match the claimed 67mpg, but it should still be cheap to run.

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Key facts

10.8 secs
Top speed
120 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
814 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.

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