Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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183 reader reviews for Ford Focus Hatchback.
  • 1.8 Zetec 5dr

    David Harris , . Date: 08/10/2015
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    Not bad to drive in terms of handling and it has a roomy boot.

    However, this model also has a fundamental flaw - the gearbox has a weak or badly designed differential pin and, apparently, it's question of when rather than if it'll fail. This is something I found out to my cost 2 months after buying a secondhand example with 44k miles on the clock and in otherwise immaculate condition. While driving home one day, it suddenly refused to go into gear and, after pulling over to the side of the road, I could see oil pouring all over the place.

    The diff pin had gone and taken with it both gearbox and clutch. I had it towed to a nearby garage and was later quoted about £2.5k to fix with new hardware. Trying to source a secondhand gearbox was very hard - the first few scrap dealers I called simply wouldn't sell a gearbox for the 1.8 petrol manual because it seems as though they knew it had this inherent fault. I eventually sourced one and had it fitted for a total bill of just under £2k.

    I'd done my research before buying the car and nowhere had I seen mention of this fault, but it seems the parts dealers were all too aware and I heard many negative comments about the quality of Ford cars. Needless to say I won't be buying a Ford again - it's a shame because I liked the design of the car but driving this one feels like a ticking timebomb waiting to fail. From what I heard, the weak diff pin only applies to the Mk2 1.8 petrol manual - not sure if it applies to other models.

  • 1.6 115 LX 5dr

    Aaron Hughes , . Date: 08/01/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    Fell in love with the MK1 focus after driving a couple, however for £500 extra went for the newer MK2 on the forecourt. With part ex paid just under £2,000, 05 plate, 80,000 on clock, 3 prev owners. Its been brilliant to drive, love the handling very sharp and smooth, keeps up very well on long motorway trips in the fast lane no problem, great fun on twisty roads, good in and around town too. Its quiet and refined however some wind noise can creep in when traveling at above 80, Not as sound proof as a Golf. It's Not as smooth over bumps and potholes as rivals such as the Megane. It has an amazing boot that swallows up all sorts, the car's interior is of good quality (Nice soft touch plastics on dash), everything is where you would expect it, very easy & simple to use. The sound quality for the stereo is brilliant (better than some more expensive brands). The spec has everything you need and want, A/C, audio remote controls, electric windows, trip computer etc, many airbags and safety features etc. The seats are very supportive and comfortable with lots of adjustment as well as in the steering wheel, easy to find the perfect driving position. On the down side, its not the easiest to park, reversing light isn't great in the dark, A/C had a few leaks (fixed under warranty), alternator failed, spark plug coil failed causing car to jump, and currently suspected wheel out of alignment. Overall great car with a great image and the best all rounder in its class!

  • 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr

    David Collier , Shropshire . Date: 19/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    I have driven the car since new, and when I left my previous job I took it with me (with my bosses' agreement, I hasten to add). I was keen to acquire it because it had been flawless over the previous four years. It has only ever been to the garage for servicing (and latterly MOT tests), and I have not had to replace anything other than tyres and the items that are routinely replaced during services.

    I have always found the ride good and the standard of finish more than acceptable. The car handles well and is good on motorways as well as country roads. Acceleration is good, and gives me the confidence to overtake in locations that would be daunting in other cars. I use the cruise control a lot and find it valuable and easy to set.

    It would be good to have the ability to set a different temperature for the front seat passenger, but the heating and A/C are generally good. I sometimes need to carry bulky items so the ability to fold the rear seats and remove the rear shelf is a boon.

    One minor niggle is that there's a shortage of little cubby holes for odd items - what are ash trays for if not to take custody of chewing gum wrappers? - but after 4 1/2 years I've managed to adapt.

    The stereo is fine, and it's not Ford's fault that DAB cuts out in certain places (such as the centre of Stafford).

    Fuel consumption is consistently the right side of 40.

    I'll be sorry to see it go when the time comes to exchange it for something younger.

  • 2.5T ST 2 3dr

    Michael McCusker Date: 04/07/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I just traded in my beloved 56 plate ST2 and I regret it.

    All I can say is buy one, the car is fantastic with the best thing being the noise the exhaust makes, that noise put a smile on my face every single time I turned the beast on but everything else about the car was good.

    The only reason I got rid of it was that my wife got an RX8 40th Anniversary edition and running the two of them was just too expensive although we did hold out and had them for 3 months.

    Running cost wasn't too bad considering the power of the machine and I got approx 27mpg combined and I must admit I did on occasion open the taps on it.

    If you are considering one then just go ahead and buy it.

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