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Used Ford Focus Hatchback 2011 - 2018 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
  • Ford Focus Hatchback 11 - present
Used Ford Focus Hatchback 2011 - 2018 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Ford Focus hatchback?

With so many examples of the Focus to choose from, it’s more important than ever to remember the basic used car checks, such as looking for a full service history, verifying the mileage with a history check and looking for repaired accident damage.

If you’re considering a car with the Powershift automatic gearbox, ensure it shifts gears smoothly with no juddering when you pull away or come to a stop. Look too for evidence that the gearbox fluids have been changed every third service, both to maintain correct operation and to benefit from any warranty protection or potential goodwill on Ford’s part should you encounter a problem.

In 2015 Ford discontinued the dry-clutch version of the Powershift gearbox as featured on lower-powered models and in its place offered a six-speed wet-clutch system on the diesel and 1.6-litre petrol models, or a six-speed torque convertor on for the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre Ecoboost.

Is a used Ford Focus hatchback reliable?

According to our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, a diesel-powered Focus finished in 11th place out of 31 cars in our family car class. The petrol-powered car finished in 17th place out of 31. Ford, as a brand, finished in 14th place out of 31 manufacturers.

If you would like to see the full reliability survey, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.