Ford Focus review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Focus 2021 infotainment
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  • Ford Focus 2021 front seats
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD front detail
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD instruments detail
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD boot open
  • Ford Focus 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Focus 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus 2021 dashboard
  • Ford Focus 2021 rear seats
  • Ford Focus 2021 infotainment
  • Ford Focus 2021 left tracking
  • Ford Focus 2021 front seats
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD front detail
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD instruments detail
  • Ford Focus 2021 RHD boot open
Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
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RRP £22,215What Car? Target Price from£21,062

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Ford Focus is not the cheap offering it once was. Indeed, these days the Seat LeonSkoda Octavia and Skoda Scala are three obvious rivals to look at if value for money is your priority. The Focus will cost you about the same as the Volkswagen Golf. That's as a cash buy – if you're buying on a PCP finance deal, the Focus's higher depreciation could make it costlier per month than the Golf, and potentially a lot more expensive than the Kia Ceed

The Focus's Ecoboost three-cylinder petrol engines feature efficiency-enhancing cylinder deactivation, which shuts down one cylinder when you’re cruising gently. This helps the popular 123bhp 1.0 Ecoboost 125 to return just over 50mpg in official WLTP tests. The mild-hybrid engines are even better, with our favourite 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 125 averaging just over 56mpg. The mild hybrids are also very competitive for CO2 emissions compared with rivals. That said, for really low company car tax, you're still better off with a plug-in hybrid, such as the Leon e-Hybrid

Titanium Edition trim is not a bad alternative. It mirrors the ST-Line Edition trim in many respects, but loses the 17in alloys and privacy glass and instead gains climate control, ambient lighting and a heated steering wheel. We wouldn't go for any of the higher trims, particularly the wildly expensive Vignale trim, because the law of diminishing returns whittles away at the value they add.

Ford Focus 2021 infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Ford Focus stands out as one of the best driver’s cars in the class, with truly entertaining handling if you go for our favourite ST-Line Edition trim. Its sharp dynamics are complemented by the decent ride, quiet cruising manners and lots of passenger space. The iffy interior quality 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
  • Skoda Octavia has a much bigger boot