Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.1 - 11.0 mpp
Diesel engines 11.0 - 12.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.8 - 51.4 mpg
Diesel engines 54.3 - 62.8 mpg
  • Diesels the best for fuel economy
  • Petrols are lower, and need working harder
  • CO2 emissions are competitive

Diesels are the most economical Focus Actives, but you’ll more than likely need to cover higher mileage to warrant the higher purchase price. The 1.5-litre EcoBlue is the most efficient in manual form, returning between 57.6 and 62.8mpg. The auto claims 51.4-54.3mpg. these figures vary based on the spec and size of the wheels fitted.

The 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel offers similar figures of 54.3-57.6mpg for a manual, and 46.3-51.4mpg for an eight-speed automatic.

If you don’t need the torque of a diesel, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost could be of interest for those looking for good economy figures, claiming to return 46.3-49.6mpg for a manual, or 39.8-42.8mpg for the auto.  Finally, the 1.5 EcoBoost offers 40.4-46.3mpg with higher figures claimed by the manual.

CO2 emissions are much more variable, ranging between 110g/km and 136g/km for the petrols, and 96g/km and 117g/km for the diesels. It’s worth noting that while the fuel economy figures are under WLTP conditions, the CO2 emissions are not, and are likely to be higher than this when tested under WLTP.

Is it reliable?

  • Previous Focus has a glowing record
  • But this one is all-new with more tech
  • Three-year warranty as standard

While this version of the Focus sits on new mechanical parts compared with the old one, there’s little reason to suggest it’ll be a problematic car to live with. The old car, despite selling in huge numbers, suffered only one recall in its life, which we’d say is good going. As of the end of 2019, the Focus Active hasn’t been recalled, which bodes well.

The Sync3 system has been around a while, although we have experience the system disconnect phone connections before, so that could just be a software issue.

Other than that, the engines used have been around a little while now, but if you need greater peace of mind then there’s a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty from new.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 12 - 18
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