Renewed external styling and improved engines simply increase the appeal of this brilliant family car. Still a sound used buy, look around for the best spec model you can find for your money.
- Extensive range of engines and trims
- Used cars cheap to buy and to run
- Good equipment levels
- Still a squeeze for 3 in the back
- Some might consider its looks bland
- You may blend into the crowd
Ford have applied the Mondeo's winning kinetic design look to the external styling of the Focus, and renewed the interior too. It still looks a little cheap inside in places but equipment levels overall are improved.
Driving the Focus is still as enjoyable as ever, and Ford really have got functionality and fun here in perfect proportion. Ford used this model to launch their dual-clutch powershift gearbox, which is great fun to drive giving near spontaneous gear change, and rivals Volkswagen's DSG. Steering feels sharp and precise at speed and parking, but don't be fooled by it's looks, this is a large car and could be a little difficult to park around town.
Focus will be available in 3 door and 5 door hatchack, estate, saloon and coupe-cabriolet version, but hatchback will undoubtedly remain the bestseller.
Engine choices are mostly unchanged. Petrol units have 5 speed gear box and are available in 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, and 2.5. Diesel engines available in 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 which all have the faster six speed gear box. Added to the line up is the ECOnetic version which runs on the 1.6 TDCi engine and emits only 115g/km CO2 whilst averaging an impressive 66mpg and qualifies for free road-tax. There is a flexi fuel version of the 1.8 Duratec petrol engine which can be fuelled with bio-ethanol or unleaded or a mixture.
All models now come with ESP, 4 airbags, CD player, Easyfuel capless refuelling system (so you can't put the wrong fuel in) and electric windows and mirrors. Style adds air con, larger wheels, front fog lights, and remote stereo controls. Zetec is still the sporty model adding 16" alloy wheels, sports seats and suspension, as well as rear spoiler now as standard rather than an option. Titanium is still the top model with surround sound, auto headlights, rain sensitive wipers, electric windows to front and rear - the list goes on.
Need To Know
Best Models: 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic, 2.0 Duratec
Worst Models: Basic Trim
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money