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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182 reader reviews for Ford Focus Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.6 100 LX 5dr

    Paul Bayliss , Warks . Date: 17/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had the car for a week and I was glad to get rid of it in the end.

    It didn't have the performance I wanted for safe overtaking, and made lots of noise but less actual progress.

    Its fuel economy seemed particularly poor for such a small modern engine. Its cabin seemed poorly put together - poorly specified and very drab inside.

    It did drive well enough but the other shortcomings cannot be ignored. When you look at what Skoda can offer for similar/better money, brand snobbery may have to take a back seat.

    No redeeming features spring to mind, although the colour was OK!

    If this is Ford's best attempt at a modern hatchback then back to the drawing board I'm afraid.

  • 1.6 TDCi 110 DPF LX 5dr

    Paul Pemble , West Mids . Date: 29/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Contrary to other peoples opinion, I find the 1600 diesel to be noisier than any other car I have driven of the same class / price range.

    Fords insistance that everything is an option (even the grotty spare wheel has to be requested) means that the rough plastic interior combined with hundreds of blanking plates looks unfinished.

    The ride of the vehicle is hard and with 205 tyres it follows every rut in the road at low speeds. The optional roof rack, which surprisingly is well made and reasonably priced, is terrifying to install having to take a screwdriver and dig through a layer of sealing putty in the roof trim - a job that requires great care.

    Compared to any other car in the same class or price range, I think a better car can be found in many other manufacturers.

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