Ford Focus: The long hard goodbye

  • It's time for the Ford Focus to leave the Parkers fleet
  • Covered 13,597 miles in six months without fault
  • 2.0-litre diesel model still seems a better choice

The Ford Focus has certainly covered some ground in its short time at Parkers.

In six months it’s clocked an impressive 13,597 miles with us, in weather ranging from blazing sun to sub-zero snowfall.

Despite the distance covered, and the occasionally inclement conditions, it has performed without fault. It’s proven comfortable, refined, capable and easy to live with.

That’s not to say that I haven’t had issues with it. Fortunately, all of them have been relatively minor. I found the lack of a low washer fluid light annoying, and wind and road noise around and through the front windscreen and pillars detracted from the otherwise quiet cabin.

Occasionally the sat-nav, an otherwise impressive system, would also lead me to the wrong destination. This tended to happen when picking points of interest, such as hotels, from its database. This was mildly disappointing as my six-year-old sat-nav unit, which has never been updated, always led me to the right place.

This isn’t necessarily a failing of the Focus itself, however, more of the mapping and data supplied to the unit. An update may well improve the situation. For the most part it proved perfect but I did end up carrying my own sat-nav with me, just in case.

Other than that, the Focus has been excellent. Be it on long trips or short drives, I’ve never found it tiring to drive. Admittedly it isn't quite as engaging or as fun to drive as some of the alternatives, but as a tool for simply covering ground without fuss it's hard to beat.

There are plenty of little details that really make the Focus stand out alongside its competitors as well, such as its crisp and clear exterior illumination and the range of modern options that are on offer. It also seems quite hard wearing, as the interior and exterior don't show any signs of damage and no odd rattles or squeaks have developed.

I still think the 2.0-litre diesel is the better engine choice, however. It's more powerful, easier to drive, and probably just as economical as the 1.6-litre engine in the real world. Yes, it'll cost slightly more to tax, insure and maintain, but it's a worthwhile price to pay for a car that's more rewarding to drive and own in the long run.

In any case, Ford’s Focus comes highly recommended.

Suffice to say, I'll be sad to see the back of it.

Current mileage: 17,214 miles

Average mpg: 44.8mpg