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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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Running costs

3.5 out of 5 3.5

It'll be the most expensive Focus to run, but costs won't be too bad when you consider the performance. Insurance grouping is 17, it can manage more than 30mpg and Ford servicing is always cost effective with reasonable service intervals. In terms of depreciation you'll probably lose similar money to any of its immediate rivals but hard driving will see you get through plenty of front tyres.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £1,652 - £1,652 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12,500 miles.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £305
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Insurance group 34
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

2 out of 5 2.0

The ST scores fairly badly on the eco front - no surprise considering it's a hot hatch. But emissions of 224g/km CO2 are still quite high compared to rivals. It's not very frugal either, averaging around 30mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.5 Petrol 224 g/km (Min) £305
2.5 Petrol 224 g/km (Max) £305

Reliability

4 out of 5 4.0

The 2.5-litre engine has proved reliable in Volvo cars and this has been the case with the ST. We haven't heard of any problems so far.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other Wheel rims for signs of kerbing and general abuse. Interior rattles.

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