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?...

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Max Adams
08 April 2017

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

New Ford Fiesta vs used Ford Focus – costs

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

According to our Target Price team, you can find our favourite 1.0-litre Ecoboost 100 Zetec version of the Ford Fiesta, in five-door form, for £14,801 – that's a significant saving on its list price of £16,445. However, you can find a 2017 1.0-litre Ecoboost 125 Titanium example of the Focus with less than 10,000 miles for only £14,000 – and that’s before you haggle with the dealer.

Reliability should be good for both cars, although it’s hard to give a definitive answer in the case of the Fiesta since this model is too new to have been included in our latest What Car? reliability survey. The previous Fiesta did well, though, and Ford as a brand managed ninth place out of 32 car manufacturers – that's an impressive result considering the huge numbers of cars that Ford sells every year. The Focus also did incredibly well, with petrol versions coming in fourth place out of 28 in the family car category.

The Fiesta is backed up by a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty. This is pretty average against the ones offered by Kia, Hyundai or Toyota. You can get an extended warranty from Ford that gives you five years or 100,000 miles of cover for relatively little money. The Focus won’t have quite as much manufacturer’s warranty left, but every Ford bought from the brand's used approved scheme gets a two-year, unlimited-mileage warranty in addition to whatever is left of the manufacturer’s warranty and should give you additional peace of mind. This can be extended for a fee, too.

Running costs are an odd one. The Fiesta has better fuel economy compared with the Focus, with a combined average of 65.7mpg against 60.1mpg, but when it comes to road tax the Focus is charged under the older system and therefore only costs £20 per year. The Fiesta falls under the new system, meaning you’ll need to pay £140 per year.

New Ford Fiesta vs used Ford Focus – alternatives

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

The Seat Ibiza won our 2018 Best Small Car award because it has a strong range of engines, is great to drive and the ride deals with smaller imperfections even better than the Fiesta. There’s also a lot more space in the back of an Ibiza than there is in the Fiesta, making it a more practical choice.

Seat must be doing something right of late, because if you’re looking for a used alternative to the Focus, there’s no better choice than a used Leon, which is also an award winner. It bagged our 2018 Used Family Car gong and even took the overall Used Car of the Year award. The Leon has a large boot for the class, there’s plenty of standard equipment and a wide range of excellent petrol and diesel engines are available. And, to top it all off, it’s surprisingly good value.

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