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 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.

  • 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.

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