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.
What Car? says
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 35 Ford Focus versions available
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:
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,…
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…
Owned this car for just under 2 weeks now, and so far, rather impressed! at low rev's in drinks fuel strangely, compared to our 2009 mondeo we used…
Main issues with the vehicle are around * zero performance below 1500rpm * positioning of the 12v outlet. Not very convenient for plugging in a SAT…