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.
  • 2.5T ST 2 3dr

    Chris Cummings , Surrey . 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I currently own a Mini Cooper S and am thinking about changing to a Focus ST-3. I test drove the vehicle last week and was very impressed.

    The quality of the interior, although a little bland, is excellent. It's very much in line with what Ford have tried to achieve with this vehicle. A sports car first....creature comforts second. The Minis interior is far more interesting but no better in terms of quality. Well done Ford!

    The ride is surprisingly comfortable and the handling is...well...superior to the Mini in my opinion. The mini tends to understeer far too early while the focus never seems like its even broken a sweat.

    I think it's a fantastic package. The Focus ST-3 is less than £20,000, you can buy a 2 year service package for £280 from Ford and I’m sure it will run for years without any problems. I'd give it 5 stars if they could make it do nearer 35mpg instead of 30mpg!

  • 1.6 TDCi 110 DPF Ghia 5dr

    Tom Barron , Oxon . Date: 30/01/2006
    • 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

    I have only done 200 miles so I am waiting for the fuel economy to improve. Currently I am achieving 40mpg but that figure is climbing quickly. The engine is refined and in my opinion has a real pleasing note. It is responsive, but acceleration seems blunted at higher speed.

    Inside, the Sony six-CD player is a revelation. There is more than enough room inside. Who needs a mini-MPV? I like the glove compartment which is deep enough for three 0.75L bottles of water.

    Why is current MPG not been included on the trip computer? When the traction control is switched off, you cannot use the trip computer because it is busy telling you that the traction control is switched off. Sensible?

    I chose parking sensors, which are necessary in most modern cars, but front sensors would help reduce parking stress even more. They rear sensors detected my wife as she walked behind the car, so that will make me feel better in the supermarket car park.

    The stability package really gives good peace of mind on slippery roundabouts and icy back roads.

    The standard self-dipping mirror and automatic windscreen wipers are excellent, but they should be options: instead, the parking sensors and stability package should be standard. The stereo for the rear seat passengers is just a gimmick, because you can still hear the main stereo. What really surprised me was how useful the adaptive front lights are.

  • 1.6 100 Zetec 5dr

    Colin Smith Date: 07/01/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In my opinion, no other small family car can compete with the Focus on a number of levels. It is simply terrific value. This car is worthy of five stars for the handling alone. And yes - Ford really has broken through in a major way over the last few years in terms of quality.

    Sure, the Focus sells by the bucket load, but for a reason. It really is a great drive - and has a refreshing and entertaining character that the average German or Japanese yawnmobile can only dream of having.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 113 5dr

    Andy Pidcock Date: 27/12/2005
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Unfortunately, I have had this car as my company car for three months now, and am already trying to swap it. The engine isn't as refined as Ford makes out, and the one in mine sounds like it has come straight out of a tractor. Fuel economy isn't what I'd expect from this class of diesel, averaging about 40mpg.

    The dashboard console is very cheap looking and basic, although simple to use. As for the display, it drives me nuts. When it's cold outside, I don't need an irritating snowflake to illuminate on the dashboard to tell me it's cold, my body normally does a pretty good job of informing me of this. Then the snowflake changes colour when it gets colder - again, why?!!

    When the screen wash becomes low, yes, it's a good idea to tell me, but then it stays on so you cannot read any info on the trip computer, and the little orange light that comes on is very distracting.

    My car has now developed a revolting rotten veg smell when reversing or stop-start in low gears in traffic. One good thing about this model is the quick clear windscreen, which is wonderful in cold winter mornings. If you're thinking of buying this car, don't - save your money by buying a skateboard.

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