New Ford Fiesta vs used Ford Focus: which is best?

The new Ford Fiesta is already a firm favourite, but could a used Ford Focus be a better buy?

Words By Max Adams

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New Ford Fiesta vs used Ford Focus – interior & equipment

The Ford Fiesta is certainly the most modern of the two, with an 8.0in touchscreen having a prominent position on the dashboard. It’s not the most attractive system on the market, but it is responsive and fairly easy to use. In terms of the overall dash, there’s a bit more piano black used in the Fiesta, so it looks smarter. Both cars use similar buttons and stalks that are well damped and nice to touch, but the Fiesta has chunkier buttons that are easier to use. There's some use of cheaper bits of plastic on the lower parts of the interior in both cars, though.

The Fiesta and the Focus come with all the basics, such as air-con, alloy wheels, electric windows, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility and a heated windscreen. However, with the Focus, the higher-spec Titanium trim costs similar money to the mid-range Zetec trim in the Fiesta. This means you get added luxuries in the Focus such as dual-zone climate control, keyless go, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control and that same 8.0in infotainment system.

New Ford Fiesta vs used Ford Focus – space & practicality

The Focus is bigger and is, therefore, more capable of transporting adults in the back compared with the Fiesta. Both have good driving positions that are comfortable for long journeys, but the Focus has adjustable lumbar support for that extra bit of back support.

The boot in the Focus, despite being smaller than that of its rivals, is easily more accommodating than boot of its smaller sibling. Mind you, the Fiesta has an adjustable boot floor that allows you to hide valuables underneath should you need to; the Focus doesn’t have neat touches like that. Neither cars' rear seats fold flat.

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