Review

Ford Focus hatchback

Price  £13,995 - £33,580

Ford Focus hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Fantastic to drive
  • Brilliant range of engines
  • Plenty of gadgets
Cons
  • Looks anonymous
  • Boot could be bigger
  • High price for top-spec models

The Ford Focus continues to rule the small family hatchback market for Ford in the UK, making it one of the manufacturer's biggest success stories. The latest, third-generation Focus has become as popular as its predecessors while also simultaneously taking a major step forward in reliability, efficiency and safety to offer the best Focus yet. Its biggest competition still comes from the latest Volkswagen Golf, especially in terms of that car's supreme quality, but the Focus easily knocks it for six for handling and comfort.

The standard Ford Focus comes in six main specifications – entry-level Studio and Edge models being competitively priced and great fun to drive. Mid-range Zetec and Zetec S models add quite significantly more equipment and accessories, while the S offers better handling and a sportier ride. The top-of-the-range Titanium and Titanium X cars start to become a bit more expensive than a Focus really should be (it is still a Ford, after all) but they are very well equipped for the money. If you feel the need for speed and have your heart set on a Focus, then the excellent ST undoubtedly provides good value for money (it's cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renaultsport Megane for a start), while also putting a big smile on your face. For boosted practicality, you can get also an estate model that offers a much bigger boot than the standard hatchback.