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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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180 reader reviews for Ford Focus Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.6 TDCi Titanium 108 5dr

    Gerry Murray , Devon . Date: 18/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ordered this car in Apr 05 and came 2 weeks earlier than planned in June. Managed to get £3500 off asking price with the following options: Aquarius Metallic Paint, ESP, Climate Control, Rear Sunblinds, Rear Parking Sensors and Interior Styling pack comprising Focus Scuff Plates, 4 floor mats and striking Gear Knob & Handbrake.

    Much better looking than Golf in the interior stakes as long as you go for the Titanium with Interior Styling Pack. Comfortable and safe to drive the 1.6TDCi has yet to be run in but I am getting over 44mpg around town. The only fault it came with was a defective AM connection that was replaced quickly by local dealership. Sony MP3 Stereo is a gem that helps to freshen up the interior.

    This car loves twisty roads and provides informative feedback with the bonus of quality build and comfortable supporting seats. Boot space has vastly improved as long as you opt for the space saver Spare. Disk brakes all round courtesy of Traction control. If you must buy a Focus then go for this model only.

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