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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 LX 3dr

    Jo Oliphant Date: 06/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car should have a health and safety warning with it in connection with road noise.

    In town, the car is okay and very pleasant to drive - on the motorway, forget it, you'd be better off with a pneumatic drill in the car.

    In fact, that's just what it feels like. I drove for five hours yesterday and was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. I use a hands-free kit and one of my colleagues said there was so much noise it wasn't so much like I was driving on the motorway, it was more like I was stood at the side of it with the traffic passing.

    As for the boot, did the designers take cues from sports-car manufacturers to see how small the boot could be made? In my opinion, it's laughable. I definitely would not buy one of these cars.

  • 1.6 TDCi 110 DPF Ghia 5dr

    Rob Jones Date: 04/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I previously owned the old-shape Focus 1.8 diesel Ghia. The power of the 1.6 TDCi impressed me immediately.

    The car is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor. The old shape required removal of rear head restraints when folding the back seat down, so it was a relief to find that this one doesn't.

    Unfortunately, gone is the rear power supply, which my son found useful to plug in his games console and portable DVD. In my opinion, all cars should now be fitted with two or even three power supplies.

    The air-conditioning isn't as efficient as the previous Ghia's, perhaps due to the increased size of the car.

    I have found that the steeply sloping rear window does provide visibility problems at long range, but it has a very good, high driving position.

  • 1.6 100 LX 5dr

    Charles Baldeh , London . Date: 20/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Reversing is a nightmare as the driver's head rest hinders your vision.

    Visibility is also hindered by the small size of the rear wind shield fixed almost to the roof.

    When you slow down from top speed, returning to cruising level is desperately laboured!

  • 1.6 115 Ghia 5dr

    William Beales , Londonderry . Date: 30/07/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It has very precise handling, and a quiet and frugal engine. Its acceleration is not awesome but adequate. The ride is a bit firm, especially at low speeds, but this is easily compensated by overall comfort and airiness enjoyed in the cabin.

    All materials are first-class, and the Ghia has all the toys you need. This car would shame a 3 Series or C-Class for quality, and definitely value for money.

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