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What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For It’s very practical and drives like a dream

Against There's less rear legroom than in some rivals

Verdict It's a practical small family car with the ability to make every driver smile

Go for… 1.8 TDCi

Avoid… 1.4 CL

Ford Focus Hatchback
  • 1. Don't bother with the 1.4-litre petrol engine, as it's simply not strong enough
  • 2. In the cabin, you'll find plenty of storage, well laid out controls and a good driving position
  • 3. Watch out for electrical gremlins, notably in the engine's ECU, which can cause a misfire
  • 4. Automatic gearboxes aren't as strong as the manual 'boxes, so they need checking out, especially on older or higher-mileagecars
  • 5. Boot space is good, but some contemporary rivals have more
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