The Ford Focus – first launched in 1998 – redefined and raised the standards in the family hatchback market. Years later, and its popularity shows no sign of waning. It’s a big hit with buyers, thanks to Ford’s ability to judge what many people want – a car that’s fun to drive. Lively, agile and responsive, it’s a superb driving experience.
What you need to know about the Ford Focus
Now in its third generation, the Focus is still head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to handling. The ride and handling could put much sportier cars to shame. Engine and tech options are also impressive. The same thing can be said for most engines in the Focus – they strike a great balance between drive and running costs.
On top of a range of trims and specifications, there are two body styles. Choose from either a five-door hatchback or the Focus Estate, in either entry-level Style trim, popular Zetec, or the Titanium and Titanium X – the more upmarket specs. If you’re after something a bit sportier, try the Focus ST hot hatch.
The power outputs of all Focus’ – especially the diesels – means you’ve got enough to make the most of the car’s engaging road style. The turbocharged petrols are frugal-yet-fun, and the diesels are big and brawny.
What to watch out for
The build quality and handling of the Focus easily make it a match for the class best. For us, the latest generation was a return to form for the big seller. But cramp passengers in the back might not enjoy the drive as much, especially as it’s not as refined as some rivals.
For the most part, the Focus is economical and practical. But some of the cheapest models can represent a false economy, so pick your model well.
Think the Golf dominates the small family hatchback market? This car convinces you otherwise. Ford have pulled off an impressive feat – balancing top notch driving experience with efficiency and comfort.
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