What used Ford Focus hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for a Ford Focus start at around the £10,000 to £12,000 level for this generation. This will buy you a 1.0-litre 100 Zetec or a 1.5 diesel, with an average mileage for the year. Up the ante to between £13,000 and £15,000 and you'll find a wealth of good 2018 cars, even edging into 2019 models, while £16,000 to £18,000 will net you a 2019 car. Pay slightly more for a 2020 model. This is still a healthy saving on the showroom price of a new Focus. To keep up to date with used prices, use our free valuation tool to make sure you're getting the best deal.
How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus hatchback?
The 99bhp 1.0-litre is the most efficient petrol engine, with an official figure of 50.4mpg, under the WLTP tests. The 84bhp and 123bhp versions both return 49.6mpg, while the 1.5-litre unit returns 46.3mpg and 44.1mpg in 148bhp and 180bhp forms. The 277bhp Focus ST hot hatch gets 34.4mpg.
The 94bhp 1.5-litre diesel offers the highest economy of the range, at 64.2mpg. The more flexible 118bhp version of the same engine is only a little down on this, at 62.8mpg. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel should manage to get somewhere near the 57.9mpg claimed figure, but the 187bhp version of this engine offered in the Focus ST drops to 50.4mpg.
Only the 94bhp and 118bhp 1.5-litre diesels dip under 100g/km of official CO2 emissions, while the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel emits 111g/km. The most powerful 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel spits out 125g/km.
The 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol emits 107g/km, while the 123bhp unit raises this to 111g/km. Going for the faster 148bhp or 182bhp 1.5-litre petrols increases this to 123g/km and 124g/km respectively. The Focus ST version is the worst for CO2, at 179g/km.
Road tax for any Focus model will be the same flat rate fee for all cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This is currently £145 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
You can spread the cost of servicing your Focus with a service plan you pay for in instalments, or can look into a Ford Motorcraft service once your car is four years old. This includes an oil and filter change, pollen filter change and a wash and vacuum-clean for £149.
The entry-level 1.0-litre Ecoboost Zetec sits in insurance group 11, rising to 15 for the 123bhp version. Both 1.5-litre petrols are between groups 16-19, while the hot ST bumps this up to 34. Diesel insurance groups start at 14 for the 1.5-litre, going all the way up to 23 for the 2.0-litre diesel ST and Vignale versions.
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