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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 Zetec 5dr

    Rickie Tang-Chan , London . Date: 30/01/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      27

    My car

    I drove mostly Far Eastern cars before and wanted some thing different. I thought European cars are usually more refined but problematic compared to Asian cars. But in recent years, I thought Ford should have improved. I narrowed down to The Astra and Focus. I chose the latter because it has just been faced-lifted. I have done 12500 miles in ten months. The Ford Dealers are really unhelpful. They kept my car for eight hours and only managed to sort out one of my five problems at the first service. The car has been leaking water from the rear lens. The Headlight high beam is not working properly. Rear brake light bulb took one day for delivery. As with most parts, it took on average two days to come. The Dealer is not really accommodating in booking me in for a quick fixed and I am having to leave car for a half a day for a minor repair. Driving is very tiresome and the cabin feels cheap, e.g., the door trim and steering wheel. The lack of rear interior light is a problem as I can't put the kids belts on at night as I can't see at the back. I do like the heated front screen especially during this cold winter. I will go back to the Far eastern brands once the credit crunch is over. At least you get better customer service!

  • 2.0 TDCi 136 Titanium 5dr

    Graham Priestley Date: 28/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Bought from Ford Direct 9mths ago, when 10mths old with 8k on the clock and at around 55% of list!Best way to buy as one on the forecourt won't have 2 years unlimited warranty/breakdown cover!As these cars are ex Ford employee cars they also tend to have plenty of extras.So I went for one with full leather pack,sunroof,parking sensors,advanced bluetooth,17" alloys. My commute's a mix of town and country roads means it returns 45+ but motorway journeys see it rise to 55+. The 2.0 diesel provides plenty of power especially mid-range but my 2007.5 model lacks the traction control of the newest models.Be careful flooring it in 1st! Overall excellent well-made and spacious car, more room than a friends x-type!The lower cabin trim is somewhat hard but who notices too much as it's below eye-level. If you want a well priced,quality small family car look no further.

  • 1.6 100 Zetec Climate 5dr

    Ian Speight Date: 24/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I have owned this car since June 08 and have covered approx 7,000 miles. I bought the car after a 'string' of hot hatches that were getting more and more costly to run and seemed to have less and less relevence to my daily use. I chose the Focus because they get good reviews are relatively cheap to buy compared to their rivals. I find the 1600 is slow off the mark and has very little in the way of mid-range power. Regards fuel economy, if I really try I can get 34 round town and 40 in the country, but usually it's nearer 30 and 35 respectively. The trouble is, because the car is fairly slow, you end up burying your foot into the carpet to get it going which in turn reduces the fuel economy. Overall the I like the car,and would have another, but would buy a more powerful model or maybe a diesel for the extra mid-range.

  • 1.6 100 Zetec Climate 5dr

    Paul Lee Date: 22/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    This is my second car and I use it for driving instruction. It doesn't drive as well as the Astra. Its not very fast and 1.6 engine unrefined. I only managed about 300 miles a tank-without my pupils using it! The problem I had with this car is the rear red light bulb. You can't get it any where except Ford Dealer- it costs £12 and I had to wait 24hrs for one ! I thought I brought a Focus so that it will be cheap to run and with parts easily available. The cabin is a let down as Ford is trying to hard to copy others. Concentrate on the basics-leather steering wheel feels cheap and horrible to hold for example. The front demist is the best thing out of the car though.

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