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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Ford Focus Hatchback (98-04) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £9,868 - £16,840
Used price £300 - £2,045
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £155 - £340
Insurance group 9 - 31 How much is it to insure?


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


Poor equipment on early models

Ford Focus Hatchback rivals

Written by David Ross on

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.

Ford Focus Hatchback rivals

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