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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  • 2.0 TDCi Ghia 5dr

    P Andrew Date: 27/02/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    Bought the car second hand with 40K and full service history. Put on another 20K in last 6 months with not a hiccup.

    It's quick enough and accelerates well through the gears. Most of my miles are on the motorway and there's plenty of power at 65/70 to get past traffic. From a standing start it's easy to spin the wheels and careful control makes for quick getaways.

    Inside it's all leather and very tidy. The dash is clear and computer useful. The Sony radio is as good as needed, loud enough for sure. Enough toys to keep one happy. The cruise control works well. I'm 6'4" and can get comfy. The remote radio controls protrude from the steering column but haven't been a problem with my knees. Electric seat is welcome.

    I average bang on 50mpg with 95% of the time spent on motorways at 70mph. Not quite was I was hoping for but acceptable for a 2L.

    The one glitch is starting. For some inexplicable reason it sometimes requires four goes to get it to fire. Never more than four. However most of the time it starts first time. I read that letting the car idle for 10 seconds before turning off the ignition helps. It seems to, difficult to tell. The bad starts are perhaps 5% of the time. Nothing to really worry about.

    All in all it's lived up to expectations. It cruises well, goes quick enough, well built and reliable.

  • 2.5T ST 2 3dr

    Colin Medler , . Date: 02/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22

    My car

    2008 Focus ST2 20000 miles, 2.5 engine can return 34mpg on a run but average 22mpg but as expected so no real concerns with that. Over all not a bad car, build quality is budget as you would expect from a ford. Biggest single nag missing is cruise control for longer journeys, 14k car had a replacement gear box, replacement took nearly four months to come, Blue tooth ecu failed not covered by warrenties (how a non wearable item can not be covered by warranty is beyond me), in 2 years of owning this vehicle I think its now broken down in the region of 20-30 times due to electrical faults. The biggest failing however is without doubt is the Ford dealer network and Ford themselves. Whenever problems arise you get played off between the two in the most unprofessional manner. That amount of non returned phone calls is simply staggering.

    I really wanted to love a fast Ford but sadly the experience has been a disaster.

    First Ford purchased and without a doubt in my mind, My driving future will never involve owning a Ford again. Disappointed with the car, Utterly disgusted with the Dealer experience.

    Previously owned Citreon, Honda, BMW,

  • 1.6 16v 115 Zetec 5dr

    sabrina joseph , cheshire . Date: 09/10/2011
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    I own a 57 reg focus 1.6 zetec i feel it handles very well on country roads and at motorway speed and when overtaking , its steering is very light and good. The only drawbacks are the size of the glovebox, the car feels heavy when I am driving uphill and trying to pick up speed and the reception on MW stations on the radio could be better. Braking is very responsive. Adults can fit into this car comfortably and its a great family car.

  • 1.6 TDCi Sport 108 5dr

    David Kiely , Durham . Date: 14/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    Bought the Focus 16 TDCI Sport new in march 2011. I traded in a Golf Diesel. Worse mistake I have ever made. The Focus is inferior in everyway. The trim in the cabin is tatty- the fit and the finish is shoddy. The engine is underpowered and needs to be thrashed to get any semblance of power out of it. I'm not used to driving in this manner. Good points are, the chassis is good and the steering perfect.Radio is fiddly; no button to press to change from FM to Mw or Lw. You must go through a drop down list and choose whilst driving!! Silly design. Will certainly change the car in the next few months and go back to VW.

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