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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 Ghia 108 5dr

    Dave Coombs , Oxfordshire . Date: 05/07/2005
    • 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

    I have had this car for two months and am delighted with it.

    The ride is very comfortable and the handling excellent. The engine gives away the fact it is a diesel in low gears but once above 30mph it is very quiet and extremely responsive. Although the car requires loosening up I am still averaging mid-50's mpg.

    Although I only drove the earlier model once I find the more traditional cabin layout a great improvement and the quality of materials used is equal to that found in the Golf.

    I upgraded to the Sony 6 CD changer which has had an intermittent fault since the first week of ownership and Ford's current thinking is that it is a software issue. Other options worth considering are ESP and rear park assist the latter being very handy.

    Overall great value for money.

  • 1.6 100 Zetec 3dr

    Craig Faiers , Essec . Date: 01/07/2005
    • 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

    I have had this new Focus for three days and so far am very pleased.

    After having an older shape 02 plate Focus for 30k miles, you soon start to find room for improvement.

    The ride is superb very comfortable and gives a superb motorway cruise. The 1.6 engine has plenty of power for me. I find it good at overtaking on the motorway without having to change down a gear.

    It's still too early to tell about fuel economy, but it is seems a bit more thirsty than my old Focus. Once the engine is run in, though, I may get a bit more out of a tank.

    I went for the Magnum Grey metallic color, which makes the car look very smart and doesn't show up those not-so-nice grey surrounds to the foglights.

    The model I went for was also the Climate edition, which has heated front screen, air-con and heated washer jets. I found the onboard computer was a good addition; it enables you to adjust the power-assisted steering should you want a lighter wheel.

    It's very well equipped inside - the list of options is endless if you fancy them, but for me the only thing I would recommend is rear parking sensors. The car is much wider then the old one and I find the rear to not have such good visibility.

    Overall, it's a superb car sure to give the new Golf a run for its money.

  • 1.6 115 Ghia 5dr

    Steve Convoy Date: 27/05/2005
    • 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

    I purchased this car from new under the Ford Employee privilege scheme, so got good value for money.

    The equipment on the Ghia is very good and compares favourably with other cars in its class. Its performance is excellent for a 1.6, which is no doubt aided by the Ti-VCT engine, and its very easy to drive.

    Its interior space is very good, with plenty of room for a family of four plus luggage for a week's holidaying in the UK.

    The only possible downside is the lack of cubbyholes, however if that's what you want then go for the C-Max.

    I recommend paying extra for metallic paint, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Sony stereo, and rear intergrated sunblinds to give car a bit of individuality because no doubt once Ford start doing some good deals on the new model, there will probably be quite a few about.

  • 1.6 100 LX 5dr

    Duncan Summers Date: 23/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    My car

    I had this car for a few days and did around 500 miles in it. I found it to be very comfortable and the handling was great (it went exactly where you pointed it with little body roll).

    The build quality appeared better than the previous model with higher quality materials used and everything feeling pretty well put together. The CD player was good (although the sound quality wasn't as good as I've heard in some manufacturers' cars) and everything in the cabin was laid out well.

    The engine was quiet and refined, and it was a fairly good motorway cruiser with enough space in the back to ensure longer motorway journeys weren't too painful for the passengers in the back.

    On the downside, it did seem a little thirsty and felt a little underpowered at times when putting your foot down. That said, it's only a 1.6-litre engine, so all things considered the performance was certainly adequate.

    All in all, a good effort from Ford, an improvement over the previous model, and it feels a bit classier inside. It's certainly worth considering, although it faces plenty of tough competition from some other very good cars.

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