With a distinctive family look and wide variety of body styles, there's a Ford Focus to suit nearly every driver. All Ford Focus models are practical and generously equipped - even entry-level Studio versions offer traction control as standard. Zetec-badged cars are the most fun to drive, with sporty looks and firmer suspension. Flagship Titanium models are among the most luxurious family hatchbacks available.
- Fantastic to drive
- Brilliant range of engines
- Plenty of gadgets
- Looks anonymous
- Boot could be bigger
- High price for top-spec models
The current Ford Focus is the best yet because of its fantastic mix of modern technology and excellent driving dynamics. The petrol and diesel engines are all state of the art and provide a fantastic blend of efficiency and speed, while the well-weighted controls and brilliant chassis mean it's fun on a twisty B-road too. The cabin is also much improved with great quality of materials and a stylish design. Our only criticism is the slightly bland styling.
- Practical family car
- Plenty of engine choice
- Durable, versatile
- Boot could be bigger
- Basic entry-level spec
- Top spec suffers heavy depreciation
With its practical load bay and generously sized interior, the Ford Focus estate will be ideal for small business users and families alike – thanks to its all-round practicality and hard-wearing interior. Offering a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, it mixes its versatility with low running costs. Although entry-level cars don’t offer a great deal of luxury, buyers should beware of heavy depreciation on top-specification models.
- Just as practical as standard car
- Comfortable but quick
- Great value for money
- Subtle styling
- Not the fastest hot hatchback
- No three-door version
The all-new Ford Focus ST is a performance-oriented version of the Focus, but is built with an eye on everyday usability as well. As a result it's not only blisteringly quick in a straight line but it's also comfortable and refined too. The suspension strikes a great balance between ensuring sharp handling and softly sprung comfort, while the engine sounds quiet below 3500rpm. Unlike the old Focus ST, the current model is only available as a five-door and it now comes as an estate model too, which means it's more of a family car than ever before.. It also starts at a price-tag that greatly undercuts its main rivals.
- Superb to drive
- Surprisingly comfortable
- Well priced
- Poor economy
- Smaller boot than Skoda Octavia vRS
- Outlandish looks
The new Ford Focus ST estate rights many of the hot hatch's wrongs, offering loads of extra boot space without compromising on driving thrills and sporty looks. Its 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine is powerful and responsive, while the stylish Recaro seats are really comfortable and very supportive.
- Very quiet
- Cheap to run
- Plenty of equipment
- Extra weight compromises handling
- Expensive to buy
- Poor mileage range compared to petrol car
The Ford Focus Electric is a purely electric version of Ford's popular hatchback and uses a 143bhp electric motor that's linked to two batteries for zero CO2 exhaust emissions. The car comes with plenty of standard equipment and a high quality interior but the batteries are heavy and accomodating them in the Focus has compromised its practicality. Arguably the biggest problem is the car's price, which makes it much more expensive than a number of rivals and roughly the same price as the excellent BMW i3 Range Extender, which has double the 100-mile range (as well as a back-up petrol engine) of the Focus Electric and is better to drive.