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5 reasons to buy a Ford Focus

It’s hard to talk about hatchbacks without the Ford Focus cropping up, and with good reason – it’s consistently one of the UK’s best-selling cars, year in, year out. Here’s why.

Words ByJimi Beckwith

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Ford Focus 5 reasons to buy

The Ford Focus is one of the UK’s favourite hatchbacks, and hatchbacks are one of the UK’s favourite types of car. Most major manufacturers have at least one in their range, and most of them at some point have tried to take on the Ford’s popularity.

The Focus sits above the Fiesta – the UK’s overall best-selling car – in the Ford range. Its rivals include the VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308, among others.

If you aren’t already one of the thousands who have bought a Focus of their own, here are the reasons why we think you should.

5 Reasons to buy a Ford Focus

5. Safety

There’s no shortage of safety features on the Focus, with seven airbags in total, including a driver’s knee airbag. There’s electronic stability control and hill-start assist as standard too, and higher-spec models have autonomous emergency city braking.

4. Promising engines

We love the Focus’s 99bhp 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine; it’s the unit we’d recommend. It’s perfect around town and there’s a 123bhp version if you’re a motorway regular. If you’re after a diesel, the 1.5-litre engine is the one we’d go for, for its efficiency and power.

3. Comfortable ride

As long as you don’t go for large alloys, the Focus’s ride is one of its strong points. It’s rarely disturbed by larger bumps and patchwork urban roads are easily driven over in comfort.

2. Quiet engines

The two engines we picked out for their performance also impress with their quietness and smoothness, as does the 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. The one to avoid in this respect is the gruff entry-level 1.6-litre petrol engine.

1. Near-perfect handling

Ford’s penchant for excellent handling for everyday cars continues with the Focus; it’s agile, has excellent body control and oodles of grip, too. We have a slight gripe with the steering’s marginal over-aggression in fast corners and hasty re-centering, but that’s us being a bit picky.

What about buying used?

The Focus is a stalwart of the used market, helped in no small part by the weaker residual values of Ford cars. The Focus has been around since 1998 when the Escort was replaced, and we’re now on the third-generation model. That means there’s a Focus for nearly every budget.

Sticking to the current-generation Focus, you’ll pay around Β£9000 for a 2013 Focus Zetec with the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine and around 27,000 miles on the clock. Have a good root around the interior, though, as interior trim has been known to come loose.

What next?

Click here to find out more about the Ford Focus, or if you’re buying used, click here to browse through the What Car? Classifieds.

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