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For This engine is revvy and punchy. The firmer suspension gives the Ford Focus 1.6T 180 Ecoboost Zetec S great agility without harming the ride too much.

Against Not much. It's a bit expensive, the ride is a little firm, and the engine feels fractionally flat when you pull away from rest.

Ford Focus Hatchback

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4 out of 5 stars

The Ford Focus 1.6T 180 Ecoboost Zetec S is a properly entertaining warm hatch. It's great to drive, it's quiet and it's still reasonably comfortable. Great.

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Key facts

7.9 secs
Top speed
139 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
580 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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