Ford Focus review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Focus 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior dashboard
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior rear seats
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus 2022 right tracking
  • Ford Focus 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 left static boot open
  • Ford Focus 2022 headlight detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Focus 2022 boot open
  • Ford Focus 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior dashboard
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior rear seats
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus 2022 right tracking
  • Ford Focus 2022 front cornering
  • Ford Focus 2022 left static boot open
  • Ford Focus 2022 headlight detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 badge detail
  • Ford Focus 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Focus 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Ford Focus will cost you less than the VW Golf as a cash purchase, about the same as the Skoda Octavia and a little bit more than the Seat Leon. The bad news is that the Focus's higher depreciation could increase monthly payments if you buy on PCP finance, so make sure you get the best deal through our New Car Deals service. 

The Focus's Ecoboost three-cylinder petrol engines have a system that shuts down one cylinder when you’re cruising to improve efficiency. That helps the popular 123bhp 1.0 Ecoboost 125 to return more than 50mpg in official WLTP tests.

With the exception of Trend, all trim levels come with the option of a Vignale upgrade, but we wouldn’t recommend it because of the extra cost. If you do go for it, you’ll be adding premium leather seats, rear privacy glass, heated front seats and steering wheel, and wireless phone-charging. Meanwhile, Active models will appeal to fans of SUV-inspired styling.

Ford Focus 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

Ford finished a disappointing 27th place out of 32 car makers in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey below most other brands (only Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Land Rover and Jeep did worse).

Overview

One of the best driver’s cars in the class, with truly entertaining handling if you go for ST-Line trim. It has sharp dynamics, a good ride, quiet cruising manners and lots of passenger space. The iffy interior quality, reduced ease of use for the climate controls, and slightly lacklustre performance are the main areas that mark it down.

  • Great handling
  • Well equipped
  • Roomy rear seats
  • Not that cheap to buy
  • Low-rent interior
  • Octavia has a much bigger boot
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