Ford Focus Hatchback (05-11) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2013
4.5
Developing a replacement for the much-loved original Focus was an unenviable task, but Ford has successfully delivered. The second generation Focus is stylish, well equipped and is proving itself to be reliable.
Ford Focus Hatchback (05-11)
Good to drive, smart looking, wide choice of engines and trim levels, comfortable interior, refined ride, low emissions ECOnetic model available
Boot and rear passenger space could be more practical

New price range:

£11,695 - £20,845

Used price range:

£1,491 - £11,258

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Developing a replacement for the much-loved original Focus was an unenviable task, but Ford has successfully delivered.

The second generation Focus is stylish, well equipped and is proving itself to be reliable. Plus while it's still as good to drive as ever, there's now more interior space and a genuine feeling of quality.

A mid-life facelift means that people who buy a Focus from January 2008 get an even better car. As well as a Mondeo look front end, the interior has been vastly upgraded with better materials and more attention to detail.

The eco-friendly ECOnetic model - available from January 2008 - was improved in late 2009 with CO2 emissions dropping to 99g/km, making it free to tax, while economy increased to 74mpg thanks to the introduction of an engine start-stop system.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 The rapid screen clearing in cold or damp weather.  

3 out of 5

Gordon Blake ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 The size, great for day to day driving, not too big to be heavy or hard work, but when needed the capacity is just mind blowing, my little focus has moved house, with the seats down it's the size of a...  

5 out of 5

Angela Walker ,   21 May 2014    ... read more

 It's comfortable and spacious, lots of space in boot, rear parking sensors work well and are a welcome feature.  

4 out of 5

Mark Greenhalgh ,   13 May 2014    ... read more

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