Used car of the week: Ford Focus Hatchback

* What Car?'s Used Car of the Year 2014 * Real-world examples * Sourced from What Car?'s Approved Used scheme...

Used car of the week: Ford Focus Hatchback

Approved Used Car of the Week - Ford Focus 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr 2011 - present

If you’re after an accomplished tourer, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better buy on the used car market than the Ford Focus. Prices for a 2011 model with around 11,000 miles on the clock start at £8000 and there are plenty of reasons to go for one.

A group 11 insurance rating, claimed combined fuel economy of 47.9mpg and low service costs make this a great value hatchback.

The Focus also handles better than any other car in its class and gives a smooth ride with good grip.

It's practical, too. This version is narrower and longer than the previous incarnation but still has a good-sized boot and enough legroom in the back for most adults.

Spec levels across the range are impressive, with all cars coming with DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard. The Zetec trim we recommend offers the best overall value and comes with a heated windscreen.

Ford Focus problems

Ford has a good reliability record but there are still some things to check before buying.

There have been numerous reports of interior trim loosening and scuffing easily; ask for a repair or a discount if you find any problems.

Some owners have said that the optional heated door mirrors and voice-dialling functions can fail. If you find one with these extras, check that they work.

Radio reception has been a problem with some owners, so try before you buy.

Gearbox issues have been reported in the automatic models because of problems with Ford's semi-automatic Powershift transmission. This can be costly to repair so check it thoroughly on the test drive.

Visit What Car?’s Approved Used Car section on our website to find Ford Focuses for sale.