One of the UK's top five bestselling cars every year for at least the past fifteen years, the Ford Focus has barely an area of weakness. Excellent build quality and engineering, high reliability, generous technology and equipment and great value are just some of the reasons for its popularity. As the AA put it: “When the Focus was launched, it raised the bar for hatchbacks. There’s little doubt why it's at the top of the tree.” Here are six reasons why a used Ford Focus is a great choice.
The stylish Focus is available new as a five-door hatchback or an estate, but there are used three and four-door versions around. Its good quality interior is spacious and comfortable, and a lumbar, height and fore-and-aft-adjustable driver's seat and rake and reach-adjustable steering column mean you should have no trouble finding a driving position that suits you.
The boot is large too – up to 443 litres in the hatchback and 728 litres in the estate, increasing to 1,320 litres and 1,620 litres respectively with the back seats folded. The estate also has a height-adjustable load floor with storage underneath, and a load cover to protect whatever you’re carrying. Vignale trim includes a load-through ski-hatch for transporting long, thin objects. The Focus can also tow up to 1,800kg.
A six-speaker DAB radio with Bluetooth, USB and MP3 connectivity is standard across the range, and steering-wheel-mounted controls mean you can use it easily without taking your hands off the wheel. Titanium and Active trims add satellite navigation; Active trim also includes smartphone integration through the Ford SYNC3 system, which features an eight-inch touchscreen and voice control. The system also includes an emergency call feature to summon help in a crash.
The Focus is available with a wide range of engines, and both manual and automatic transmissions. The latest lineup of petrols comprises a 1.0-litre with up to 123bhp, a 1.5-litre with up to 180bhp, and a 2.3-litre with 276bhp; there are two diesels, a 1.5-litre with up to 118bhp, and a 2.0-litre with up to 187bhp.
Fuel consumption is astonishingly good – 64.2mpg in the 1.5-litre 94bhp diesel under new WLTP figures which, with a tank capacity of just over 10 gallons, is almost 650 miles on a single tank of fuel. Coupled with normally reasonable maintenance and repair costs, and good reliability, this should make the Focus very affordable to run.
All engines have start-stop technology, which switches the engine off when you're stationary, and the petrol engines have cylinder deactivation, which temporarily switches off one of the cylinders when the car doesn't need much torque to reduce fuel consumption and pollution.
As you’d expect from a Ford, the Focus is first-class on the road; fun to drive, with brilliant handling and real purpose. AutoExpress called it “the best-driving car in the family hatchback class”, adding: “It retains its trademark driver involvement – in fact, it’s better than ever. The steering weight is just right and it responds quickly, with keen agility. The torque helps flexibility on motorways.”
Comfort isn’t compromised for driveability; the engine is refined and the suspension delivers a comfortable ride, with effective damping smoothing out even harsh bumps. On newer Focus editions you can select three different drive modes – normal, eco and sport – to change how the car drives by altering settings like throttle response and steering feel. Power steering is standard, and manoeuvrability is further aided by an electronic handbrake.
The high-performance versions – the ST, ST Line and ST Line X - get sporty looks and a sports suspension, and the range-topping ST is the only Focus to offer the 2.3-litre engine, which delivers 310lb ft of torque, a top speed of 250mph and a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds.
Standard kit on the new Focus includes electric front and back windows, a 12-volt socket, electric heated mirrors, air conditioning, automatic headlights, a rear fog light and a miniature spare wheel. The capless fuelling system has two benefits: your hands don’t get dirty, and you can’t put the wrong fuel in the car. Also standard is MyKey, a programmable fob you can give to someone else when they drive the car, which lets you set limits for speed and stereo volume.
The Focus has the maximum five-star crash test safety rating from Euro NCAP, and has done since 2004. Standard safety features include a camera which reads speed limit signs and a limiter which caps your velocity accordingly; a system which alerts you if it thinks you might hit a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle, and can brake automatically if you don't react; and lane-keeping alert, which alerts you if you drift out of your lane, and again steers you back if you don't do anything. There's also automatic braking after a crash to slow you down and either prevent or lessen any further impact, tyre pressure monitoring and ISOFIX child seat points. Security features include remote central locking, an alarm and an immobiliser.
When you buy from Kent and Essex car dealers Carwise, you have the peace of mind that comes with choosing a reputable used car dealership. If you'd like to test drive one of the used cars we have for sale, call our Maidstone dealership on 01622 233151, or our Harlow dealership on 01279 216163. Our range of used Ford cars is usually wide, encompassing not only a good choice of used Ford Focuses but used Ford Fiestas, used Ford Galaxies, used Ford Ecosports, used Ford Rangers, used Ford Mondeos, and used Ford Kugas and more. Ask us about our vehicle finance deals too.