What used Ford Focus hatchback will I get for my budget?
A sum of £1200 will buy you a second-generation Ford Focus and you’ll not be short of choice.
Spend a bit more, though, and look out for a cherished example. It is still possible to find well maintained one-owner versions even near the entry point of used Focus pricing.
How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus hatchback?
If you want to minimise day-to-day running costs, then the fuel economy of the diesels makes sense. However, they are also likely to cost more in servicing, and the high pressure injection and turbos are potentially expensive failures as the Focus ages.
Petrol engines are simpler, and easier to work on, and should be less prone to failure of expensive parts.
Most servicing prices are cheap, though, and any local garage should be able to work on your Focus.
Other running costs will be no problem. You should see at least 40mpg from any of the petrol engines; our favourite petrol, the 113bhp 1.6, returns an official average of 43.8mpg, while the 1.6 diesel gives 65.6mpg.
Service and repair costs are low, and figures from warranty provider Warranty Direct show that, in the independent sector, Ford maintenance rates are among the lowest.
Similarly, insurance costs are perfectly acceptable, and on a par with those for the Focus's rivals.