Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

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

Petrol engines 7.3 - 12.1 mpp
Diesel engines 10.2 - 13.6 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 34.4 - 56.5 mpg
Diesel engines 50.4 - 67.3 mpg
  • All Focus engines perform well
  • Smallest diesel is the most frugal
  • Petrol promises good economy too

There’s not a huge spread of fuel economies on offer in the Ford Focus Estate – but the best is unsurprisingly the 1.5-litre diesel with 95hp, which offers between 56.5 and 64.2mpg.

Even the most powerful 150hp diesel with an eight-speed automatic gearbox is reasonable, with 44.1-51.4mpg promised.

The 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrol engines fare well, with up to 50.4mpg from the 100hp version, and high 30s from the 182hp petrol with an automatic gearbox.

In line with the Ford Focus’s running costs, the least polluting engine is the 95hp, 1.5-litre diesel, which promises 96g/km. That said, the 120hp version only puts out 97g/km, so is a worthwhile consideration for a company car driver.

Petrol fares slightly worse but is still reasonable, expect 107g/km from the 1.0-litre, 100hp EcoBoost, up to 129g/km from the 182hp, 1.5-litre.

  • Hard to tell due to new platform
  • Previous car was admirably reliable
  • Only one recall, and some faults with previous gearbox

The fourth-generation Ford Focus sits on a new platform so it’s not easy to tell how reliable it will be, especially with the all extra tech now available.

However the previous Ford Focus was fairly reliable and only had one recall, for a fault relating to the airbag.

Anecdotal evidence suggests most breakdowns related to electrical faults or problems with the Powershift automatic gearbox – which has now been replaced.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 8 - 34
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