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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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17 reader reviews for Ford Focus Hatchback.
  • 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr

    stuart plunkett , aberdeenshire . Date: 29/11/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    I reluctantly had to trade in my Honda Civic 2.2CDTi back in May and wanted something that was as equally economical, but drove better. The handling of the Focus is 10/10, you can throw it around corners and it will stick to the road. The gearbox is superb and having the Titanium version adds extras like bluetooth, ambient lighting, cruise control, climate control, voice activated extras and heated windscreen. The only draw back for me is the MPG. With the Honda it was a 2.2CDTi and had 140BHP. With it i was averaging at 45MPG and that was being heavy footed. With the Focus, i am getting 40-45MPG and thats driving sensibly with the odd burst of speed on straights. The engine seems to struggle with putting the foot down and although it is reasonably quick, the MPG drops dramatically. Its also on par for MPG as my partners Insignia 2.0CDTI which has 160BHP.

    Overall the car is excellent to drive, has a beautiful dash and is very comfortable to be in. The drawbacks are the MPG and lack of space in the rear.

  • 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr

    Neil Oakshott , West Midlands . Date: 28/11/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      38.2

    My car

    Moving jobs meant I had to buy a car pretty sharpish, so ended up with a Focus Zetec S that I've driven since February 14 and added 13k miles to. The car itself was an ex-demonstrator with 120 miles on the clock, loaded with extras and for £8.5k under book price, so a bargain was apparently had. I say 'apparently' because running costs have made me question how much of a bargain it truly has been. To reach the Ford quoted MPG you'd need to drive like a heavily sedated nun and my frequent airport runs and drives to the office, all 120+ miles on motorways, has seen a return of around 38MPG. Not quite up there with what Ford says it'll do and I should add, driven at motorway speed limits.

    The car itself I have no huge problems with; it's crisp and responsive to drive, has a good gearbox, mid-range speed pick up is swift and it is certainly no slouch. Build quality is good and the seats offer decent support.

    Dislikes? The SYNC system is horribly unresponsive and I cannot get on with it at all, the Bluetooth hands-free has to be the worst ever factory-installed phone kit out there, and the automatic main beam drives me mad when the car starts to dazzle oncoming vehicles on unlit motorways.

    In summary it is an averagely ok car, it has done a job for me for ten months but nonetheless I'll look to change it for an X4 in the New Year. You could do worse, but there's much, much better available.

  • 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr

    Thomas Perkins , . Date: 04/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Further to my previous review, I just want to add that this car has the nicest, smoothest gearbox of any car I have driven! I am very happy with my Focus so far and I much prefer it to my aunty's VW Golf 1.6 TDI that I drove recently. The only thing that I didn't mention before that some buyers may want to be aware of is that there isn't much leg room in the back and the boot is slightly smaller compared to other rivals (eg. my other Grandad's Citroen C4). This isn't a problem for me as its usually only me in the car anyway and to be honest it can still comfortably sit 4 adults anyway so don't let it put you off.

  • Focus 5dr

    David Patrick , Bucks . Date: 23/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ford Focus Titanium X 1.0 ecoboost 125 I have previously owned a mk1 1.8 zetec and a mk2.5 1.6 zetec. I really cannot fault either of them but this tops the lot in my opinion. I decided to test drive it on a whim and bought it. I am so impressed with it! Driven sensibly it returns good fuel consumption, while at the same time has good acceleration when needed. the equipment level in my titanium x is all I could ask for, I particularly like the voice sync with my phone connected. The car is an absolute pleasure to drive. 10 out of 10.

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