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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.
  • 1.6 100 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.

  • 2.0 TDCi Titanium DPF 3dr

    FARQUAT URQUART Date: 21/09/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is great. I feel it bottoms at a point before my previous Golf, and needs to be worked through the gears - which I really enjoy.

    It is comfortable. The car has never let me down (I'm approaching 15,000 miles) and always makes me smile when I am approaching the car after a long day at work.

    What's even more fun is pulling off at traffic lights as the adjacent BMW driver looks perplexed! Sadly, the fuel economy has been woefully less than the offical figures and far, far less than I would have hoped.

    Smashing motor, but I have been left wide-jawed by the poor service. No matter how good the car is, I have to seriously consider my next motor to ensure I have great dealership support. After all, my car is fundamental to my life and job.

  • 2.0 TDCi Titanium DPF 3dr

    mark freeman Date: 17/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am very impressed with the handling and power.

    The refinements that come with this model are easily to hand and easy to use. Appearance is fab so far I have no complaints but as my car is less than 2 weeks old it is too early to pass judgement.

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