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.
  • 1.6 100 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.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec Climate 5dr

    Fraser Lamb , South Lanarkshire . Date: 19/01/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had a Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec Climate. Nice to drive and economical...but Ford customer service really is dreadful. The cars alarm hummed intermittently from day one and Ford told me that there was nothing wrong with it. A drive belt snapped, the water pump stopped working and the coolant overheated. Ford fixed the drive belt but charged me £60 for the replacement coolant. I appealed to Ford customer service who told me that the coolant wasn't covered, despite the cause being the broken drive belt and they in effect told me not to bother them and go away. In short buy a Focus, enjoy the car and hope that it doesn't break, because if it, does you are on your own!!!!!

  • 2.0 TDCi Ghia 5dr

    Trevor Gordon Date: 18/01/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    A lot of folk are missing the main point - 1-2 year old Focuses are a very cheap buy. I had an early 1.8TDCi Zetec which did 78K faultless miles, and I run another in my business which has also been brilliant so far. My leased Golf GTi has to go back and I had an Alfa 159TI on order, but when busines fell off a cliff in Nov, I cancelled and found a 2 year old 2.0TDCi Ghia with 6900 miles at a main dealer for £8595. Cheap as. It's no GTi of course, but a great gutsy engine. The Ghia's a bit fuddy duddy but the only spec to have cruise, which I won't forgo and they're less popular than Zetec, so dealers usually deal.

    Looks pretty naff, has no presence, interior is bland but practical. But for what they cost, nothing can compare. Only thing as cheap is Citroen C4 which looks more interesting (coupe especially) but ain't as good.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec Climate 5dr

    Colin Morris Date: 03/01/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    Disappointed with fuel consumption. Averaging no better than mid 40s despite signifcant motorway mileage

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