For The 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.
What Car? says
The Ford Focus is great to drive and comes with lots of safety equipment, but several rivals are more practical and have classier interiors.
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There are 34 Ford Focus versions available
Target Price team says:
Every Focus comes with air-conditioning, electric front windows and a USB connection. We'd go for popular Zetec trim, which has alloy wheels, a 4.2-inch colour screen, Bluetooth, a digital radio and a heated windscreen. We'd understand if you went for the desirable Titanium version, though; this brings more convenience equipment and a large touch-screen system 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 strong resale values, so a discount will help to partially offset the steep depreciation.
Reader test team says:
I bought this car brand new on the 1st March 2014. The Focus was highly recommended by a mechanic I use for its reliability and low maintenance costs.…
I reluctantly had to trade in my Honda Civic 2.2CDTi back in May and wanted something that was as equally economical, but drove better. The handling…
Moving jobs meant I had to buy a car pretty sharpish, so ended up with a Focus Zetec S that I've driven since February 14 and added 13k miles to. The…
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…