4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Good-to-drive, practical family car, about to be facelifted

Ford Focus Hatchback (18 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,230 - £29,445
Lease from new From £240 p/m View lease deals
Used price £10,510 - £30,690
Used monthly cost From £262 per month
Fuel Economy 39.2 - 67.3 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 8 - 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Broad range of strong engines
  • Fun to drive with great handling
  • Spacious interior front and rear

CONS

  • Optional adaptive dampers don’t add anything
  • No hybrid or electric version available
  • Cabin storage could be better

Ford Focus Hatchback rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

For more than two decades, the Ford Focus has been the go-to family hatchback, comfortably outselling all of its rivals and making keen drivers smile along the way. It's the right size for families, being compact and easy to park, but roomy on the inside. As well as that, it comes with a wide selection of engines and trims to suit a wide range of budgets.

Its success is no accident, though, with every generation of Focus combining a great driving experience with practicality, cheap servicing and low running costs. It also has a great record for fast ST and RS versions. So this one is more of the same, yes?

Yes – it's a former Parkers award winner in the best small car category, and we like the new ST version, even though there's no longer a Focus RS for performance fans. But the Focus has been under attack from all sides – it's now outsold by the Volkswagen Golf, and is feeling the squeeze from super-competitive rivals such as the Mazda 3Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed. Things are going to get even tougher when a new Vauxhall Astra which is based on the brilliant new Peugeot 308 goes on sale in 2022.

But the Focus is still a very appealing package, and is about to receive a raft of improvements in a mid-life facelift. That won't dilute its best features – striking styling, excellent practicality – because it's a light update that concentrates on its infotainment and model range.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Ford Focus and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

Ford Focus Hatchback rivals

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