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For The Ford Focus is the sweetest-handling car in its class. It’s also refined, safe and has competitive CO2 emissions.

Against The boot is small and cabin quality is no match for the class leaders’. Some of the engines aren’t particularly efficient in real-world driving.

Ford Focus Hatchback
44 5stars

The Ford Focus is great to drive and comes with lots of safety equipment, but there are some more practical and classy rivals.

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There are 40 Ford Focus versions available

Hatchback 1.6 85 Studio 5dr £13,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 105 Edge 5dr £16,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Edge 5dr £16,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr £17,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 95 Edge 5dr £17,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Edge 5dr £17,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 105 Zetec Navigator 5dr £18,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Edge auto 5dr £18,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Edge Econetic 5dr £18,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £18,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 EcoBoost Zetec Navig 5dr £18,645
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Edge Econetic 88g 5dr £18,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr £18,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec Naviga 5dr £19,145
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Zetec auto 5dr £19,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Zetec Econetic 5dr £19,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £19,345
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec Navigator 5dr £19,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium Nav 5dr £19,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Zetec Navigator Auto 5dr £19,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Zetec Nav EC 5dr £19,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec S 5dr £20,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium Nav 5dr £20,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Zetec S auto 5dr £20,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6T 150 Ecoboost Titanium Nav 5dr £20,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6T 182 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £20,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium Navigato 5dr £20,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Titanium Navigator Aut 5dr £21,150
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Titanium Nav ECO 5dr £21,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 163 Zetec S 5dr £21,745
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost T'nium X Nav 5dr £21,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium Navigato 5dr £21,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST 5dr £22,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost T'nium X Nav 5dr £22,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium X Naviga 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6T 182 Ecoboost T'nium X Nav 5dr £23,650
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-2 5dr £23,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X Naviga 5dr £24,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-3 5dr £25,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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:

Ford Focus Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr

Further to my previous review, I just want to add that this car has the nicest, smoothest gearbox of any car I have driven! I am very happy with my…

Thomas Perkins

4 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Hatchback Focus 5dr

Ford Focus Titanium X 1.0 ecoboost 125 I have previously owned a mk1 1.8 zetec and a mk2.5 1.6 zetec. I really cannot fault either of them but this…

David Patrick

5 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 105 Edge Econetic 88g 5dr

Have new Focus Econetic 1.6 diesel Edge, with Edge pack. Official combined MPG is supposed to be 83 mpg but I struggle to get 50 mpg. What a joke,…

john jones

3 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr

I purchased this car in April 2013. It's really great to drive and has been pretty economical although falling short of the claimed MPG. I recently…

Donald Hine

4 out of 5 stars
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