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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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181 reader reviews for Ford Focus Hatchback.
  • 1.8 LX 5dr

    Mark Jones Date: 19/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is a shame that this car scores so low for me. Many aspects of it are very well thought out, space, design and so on are all quite good.

    But the road noise that this car generates is intolerable. I play in a band and the sensation on the ears after driving this is akin to a loud night on stage. There is something wrong with the design and the acoustic transference of road noise seems to bring a pressure on the ear not unlike listening to drum and bass for a few hours. To be hones, every time I have driven it any distance, it gives me a headache.

    Also what is interesting to note is that I also have a 14 year old rubbish heap of a BMW 325i that hasn't been serviced in years. On the longer journey that I do, the fuel cost is very marginal between the two cars. This car is fairly fuel efficient up to about 65 then it drops right off. At 80 plus, the BMW is more efficient.

    But unless I was only ever driving in town, I would not buy this car and I can't wait to get rid of this one. The road noise and the frequencies it generates are intolerable over any length of time, you feel really beaten up.

    A real disappointment. Ford, buy yourselves a decibel meter!

  • 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr

    Neb Milenovic Date: 14/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    DON’T BUY 2.0 TDCi - this engine is enigma for mechanics yet they are willing to learn and play trial and error as long as you keep paying. I had two EGR valves replaced, flywheel and three times software reinstalled because I started feeling shuddering when driving constantly at 2300 rpm in 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th gear. Still no result. Than I was told it is manifold, or injectors or DPF, maybe turbo or intake houses. I am not playing the game anymore and I want to sell it. Meantime I still drive a car that shakes madly at 2300 rpm and know that even engineers who invented it with all the diagnosing hardware and software know nothing about it. Also: door trim plastics quality is below Korean brands; leather looks like PVC and wrinkles even when taken care of; carbon look central console (in new models) reminds me of cheap home stereo; 5th door is leaking; car leans and pulls over nose in bends - forget about so praised dynamics; dual zone A/C is just useless gimmick summer or winter; suspension is very hard unless cruising on motorway; second hand value must be give-away (perfect time to think of perfect dynamics); biasness of testers and reviewers fooled me only this one time. FAREWELL FORD.

  • 2.5T ST 3 5dr

    David Burke Date: 07/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      27

    My car

    I live in Germany therefore I have been able to drive my ST to its limit on the autobahn's. The ST has fantastic performance with very few other cars been able to maintian such high speed performance. The down side to this style of driving is that fuel consumption has been around the 20mpg mark. As a so called performance car it has not been designed to take such driving becuase i have needed the following repairs: new bake discs, new exaust due to rust,new turbocharger due to coolant leak, new windscreen due to the existing became loose and best of all a complete new engine due to a cracked cylinder block. All these repairs were carried out under warranty. The Ford dealer privately admitted to me that these type of repirs were not unusaul on Focus ST's. MY car is now eighteen months old and has 25k miles I intend to sell it ASAP. I will never buy a Ford again. My car has spent 7 weeks in the garage which I do not find acceptable. The ST is great car to drive when its when its working!

  • 1.6 100 Zetec Climate 5dr

    MICHAEL SCOTT , KENT . Date: 06/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    CHRISTMAS EVE WE COLLECTED OUR IO MONTH OLD FORD FOCUS 1600 ZETEC 100. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT IN RIDE AND HANDLING, AND MOTOR-WAY PERFORMANCE OVER OUR MK 1 1600 LX 52,WHICH NEVER GAVE US A DAY PROBLEM,NOW WITH OUR SON. MY ONLY COMPLAINT ON THE NEW CAR IS IF YOU DO NOT USE THE REMOTE KEY (YOU ONLY GET ONE ) EVERY TIME YOU OPEN THE DOOR WITH THE MANUAL KEY THE ALARM GOES OFF, EITHER AT ONCE OR IT MAY GIVE YOU TIME TO GET IN, BUT YOU MUST TURN THE ENGINE ON. THERE IS NO SET PATTERN. IF YOU WANT A SECOND REMOTE KEY IT IS £76 FOR KEY PLUS ONE HOUR FORDS LABOUR AT ABOUT £80 + VAT. FORD DO NOT THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM!

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