What's the used Ford Focus like?
When the original Ford Focus was launched in 1998, it rapidly established itself as the family car of choice for keen drivers. Subsequent models gained weight and complexity, but the sporty drive remained which, combined with Ford’s reputation for building cars that are good value for money and generally reliable, has made it a firm fixture in the UK best-sellers list.
The steering is a particular Focus highlight, and this third-generation model retains a level of accuracy and weight so often lacking from rivals. What’s more, while the ride is not quite as comfortable as the Volkswagen Golf's, it isn't terribly far off.
Where the Focus does lag behind others is in the amount of space it offers, with less rear leg room than you’ll find in a Golf or Nissan Pulsar, and a small boot for the class.
What buyers of the Focus have never had is a lack of choice. Over the years, Ford has sold a wide range of trim levels, plus petrol and diesel engines, high performance ST and RS models, and even an electric version. And because of its popularity, there are Focuses everywhere, meaning you won’t have to go far to find a good example in a specification that suits you.
It was also the recipient in 2014 of one of the car industry’s more dramatic mid-life facelifts in which the front and rear styling were significantly enhanced and the interior design went from a button-lover’s paradise to a more tech-savvy touchscreen. In addition, the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines were replaced by 1.5-litre units.