What used Ford Focus estate will I get for my budget?
You’ll need around £5000 to enter the Focus Estate club for an early 2011 or 2012 car with above average mileage. £6000 and above will buy you an example with below average mileage and a full service history, either bought privately or from a trader. Up the budget to between £7000 and £9000 and you should find good cars from 2013 and 2014 from an independent dealer, while £9500-£12,000 will net you a 2015 car with the same criteria.
How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus estate?
Opt for the 1.5 TDCi 105 Econetic diesel car and official fuel economy is 83.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of a mere 88g/km. The 1.5 TDCi 120 diesel also has a CO2 output figure below the magic 100g/km mark at 99g/km. None of the petrol engines can match that but both versions of the sweet 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit can claim an average of 58.9mpg and CO2 figure of 110g/km.
Cars registered after April 2017 will pay a flat-rate road tax of £140 a year, but those registered before will pay varying amounts below that figure, with those that produce less than 100g/km of CO2 paying nothing at all.
Ford offers a number of servicing plans for older cars, allowing payments by direct debit. Cars older than three years will qualify for Ford’s Motorcraft servicing regime, under which an annual service at a Ford dealer will cost £149. You'll pay even less at an independent Ford specialist.