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.
  • 2.0 TDCi Ghia 5dr

    Doug Cee Date: 14/03/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After waiting an eternity for the car to arrive as a replacement of my old Focus 1.8, I was highly pleased at the upgrade in vehicle finish and performance.

    Gone were the rattling doors, the irritating lack of poke and general dated appearance of the old vehicle. Instead, the doors shut with a satisfying clunk, the engine is sprightly enough if worked and the whole vehicle was a fresh new design.

    When collecting the car from the dealer, my wife said 'It looks the same as the old one' but followed it with 'Oh, the lights are different, the bonnet is different, the wheels are different' and so on.

    In fact I understand what she meant was, it is the same car but different. All those differences are very pleasing. It is a nice, updated, economical saloon that is worth being placed in the top two of all the Fords I have owned.

    Would I have another? See my review on the ST...

  • 1.6 16v 115 Zetec 5dr

    Andy Hartley , West Midlands . Date: 03/03/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I Had one of these as a courtesy car when someone hit my car. I drive a BMW 520 which in my opinion could not be beaten as far as quality of drive and build are concerned, however I have just ordered a new focus .... enough said.

    Very pleased

  • 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    thomas mclean , cleveland . Date: 27/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    this is my second review

    I have now had my focus 7 months/5 thousand miles and unfortunately it has been less than trouble free.

    first problem - the engine would start, albeit with alarming vibrations and would not rev above idling speed. This was accompanied by black smoke coming out of the exhaust. Took it to my local Ford garage, they replaced the air intake valve fixing the fault.

    Second problem - within a few days of getting the car back I noticed a pungent rotten cabbage/sour milk smell in the interior of the car. Took it back in to the dealer and was informed that they were not sure where the smell was coming from. However they got in contact with Ford UK for advice and they were told that the smell was probably coming from the materials that the clutch is made up of, so adjusting or replacing the clutch would not help. Ford UK claim to be aware of this problem and are working on a solution. I on the other hand have to live with the smell, which thankfully does not seem to be as bad as it has been. Would be interested to hear of anyone else with similar problems.

    Apart from that the fuel consumption is around 50mpg, and the car is safe,handles well and is actually a lot of fun to drive.

  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    Tyrone Demanuele Date: 17/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've only had the car for just over a week, but I couldn't wait any longer to share my delight with your readers!

    First and foremost, driving this car after my Ford Escort 1.8d LX, with 60BHP, the 108BHP Focus 'flies'! It truly is a fast car, and I am running out of road too soon.

    Inside the cabin I still comfortably, although I'm 6ft tall, and the dash has a nice feel to it.

    The car looks sporty, and I love the Tonic (light bluish silver) colour. Five can sit comfortably, as long they're of reasonable size!

    The handling is amazing, and it pulls out of traffic lights with ease. The only two 'negative' points are the over powerful 1st gear, that makes me shift into 2nd & 3rd quicker that I'd wish, and the horn needs to be pressed quite hard to work (not good in emergencies). All in all I'm very satisfied.

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