Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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

Petrol engines 4.7 - 7.5 mpp
Diesel engines 6.2 - 8.3 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 34.9 - 56.5 mpg
Diesel engines 50.4 - 67.3 mpg
  • Frugal petrol and diesel engines…
  • … thanks to mild-hybrid assistance
  • Cheap servicing across the line-up

What are the running costs?

The Focus Estate features a range of economical combustion engines, some of which are backed-up by mild-hybrid assistance. Ford says the cheapest 125hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine can manage upwards of 50mpg if driven carefully, while a 155hp mild-hybrid assisted version of the same engine achieves an official fuel economy figure of 54.3mpg.

These figures are a little on the optimistic side for real world conditions – but all of Ford’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines can step into the high-40mpg bracket if you drive with a modicum of sensibility. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel is good, too, offering around 45mpg and a maximum driving range of around 600 miles on a single tank of fuel.

However, Ford still doesn’t offer the Focus Estate with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, despite the fact that the mechanically similar Kuga SUV is available with the technology – meaning it should have almost been a bolt-in job. It’s a serious oversight, as key rivals like the new Peugeot 308 SW and Volkswagen Golf Estate offer the technology.

Reliability

  • Ford’s overall reliability record is good
  • Engines and transmissions are sturdy
  • Current Focus has had some recalls

We haven’t heard any horror stories about the current-generation Focus’s reliability. Reports in our owner’s reviews section all sing a similar same tune – the mechanicals are sturdy, but there are some electrical gremlins. Bear in mind that most of those reports will be based on the pre-facelifted version of the car, so most of the complaints have now been rectified.

Pre-facelift versions of the Mk4 Focus have been subject to eight recalls. The first relates to a potential fault that causes the rear doors to open when the windows are lowered. There were some other minor electrical faults and an issue that required the rear seat belt anchors to be checked – so if you’re buying used, make sure all of these recalls have been fixed.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165
Insurance group 8 - 34
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