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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.

Ford Focus Hatchback
44 5stars

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

Hatchback 1.6 85 Studio 5dr £13,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 105 Style 5dr £16,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Style 5dr £17,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 95 Style 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 TDCi 95 Style 5dr £17,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £18,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Style auto 5dr £18,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £18,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr £19,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec 5dr £19,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Zetec 5dr £19,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £19,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £20,045
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £20,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5T 150 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £20,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec S 5dr £20,645
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec S 5dr £20,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5T 150 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £20,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Zetec S 5dr £20,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr £20,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 TDCi 120 Titanium 5dr £20,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 125 Titanium auto 5dr £21,045
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £21,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 185 ST 5dr £22,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST 5dr £22,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £22,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium 5dr £22,335
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 TDCi 120 Titanium X 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5T 182 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £23,520
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 185 ST-2 5dr £23,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-2 5dr £23,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium X 5dr £24,335
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 185 ST-3 5dr £25,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-3 5dr £25,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

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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