This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Ford Focus Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Should you buy a used Ford Focus?

Yes. As a used buy, the Focus works well – and for the buyer, they come in significantly cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf. Overall, a very strong option, despite having been around since 2011.

You know what you’re getting with a Ford Focus, and unless you’re looking for the absolute last word in quality, you won’t be disappointed. The choice of the range (RS aside) has to be the more powerful 1.0-litre Ecoboost, which is frugal (when driven gently) and fun to drive.

But all models are practical, too, with roomy rear seats and a usefully-shaped, and very large, boot. For additional practicality, the rear seats fold down completely flat, which is far from usual in this market sector. The ST-Line version is the one to go for, thanks to generous amounts of kit and sharp looks.