What used Ford Focus hatchback will I get for my budget?
You really can buy a Ford Focus for less than you paid for the phone in your pocket, with the tattiest, highest mileage examples starting at just a few hundred pounds. We’d recommend spending a bit more, though, because cars at that price have the potential to bring plenty of repair bills.
You’re unlikely to have to pay more than £2000 for any first-generation Focus, with the exceptions of the RS and particularly nice ST170s.
Any of the mainstream models above £1500 should be the very best: low mileage, full history cars with meticulous owners. Estates don’t cost any more on the used market, nor is there any difference between three and five-door models.
How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus hatchback?
Servicing should cost around £200 a year, insurance will be inexpensive and fuel economy decent.
Obviously the diesels offer the best fuel economy, but the petrol models should get into the 30mpg realm relatively easily - unless you buy an automatic, that is.