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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


Good choice of engines and trim, easy to drive, ST170 is cheap, fast and fun


Poor equipment on early models


The Focus was nothing short of a revelation when it was launched, offering a superb blend of practicality, comfort and keen handling. A great all-rounder, it continues to be a hugely popular model and with a wide range of engines and trims there's something to suit everyone. Easy to live with and simple to drive, the Focus makes an ideal small family car with the 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre Zetec models the pick of the range.

There are also some excellent TDCI diesels which are refined and ideal for long distance travel.

What owners say about this car

It's a bit slow but handles ok and is pretty cheap to run and fix! I haven't had many problems... Read owner review

Nice to drive, smooth gear change and adequate performance from the 1.6 engine. Not a particularly powerful unit for its... Read owner review

I have put that I would not recommend the Focus and this is because as a Mk1 they are all... Read owner review

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