Which used Ford Focus hatchback should I buy?
The Focus line-up is expansive, with a version to suit almost every budget and expectation.
Lower mileage, predominantly town drivers will find the 99bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine adequate, but the 1.6 TDCi diesel delivers better economy and a more relaxed drive at motorway speeds.
The 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines looked needlessly expensive when new, as did the bigger diesel offerings, but don’t rule any of them out as a used buy.
The spec levels follow Ford’s normal naming strategy, with Studio, LX, Style, Zetec, Ghia, Titanium and Sport models available. Ford also periodically added special edition cars with additional equipment into the mix.
Zetec models offer the best mix of useful equipment and affordability, although early examples of the Zetec did without air-conditioning, so you’ll need a Zetec Climate if you want chilled air; it became standard in 2007.
The sporty ST joined the line-up in 2006, powered by a 222bhp five-cylinder turbocharged 2.5-litre engine borrowed from Volvo. It’s a fun range-topper, but isn’t quite as polished as its Volkswagen Golf GTI or Honda Civic Type R rivals. The ST is a cheap used buy, though, if you can live with the extra fuel consumption that its performance brings.
Our favourite used Ford Focus: 1.6 TDCi Zetec