Ford Focus review

From £22,210

The Ford Focus is a fine all-rounder, and the driver’s choice, but it can’t quite match the Volkswagen Golf in terms of overall quality and ownership experience.

  • Ford Focus 2020
  • For: Great to drive, efficient engines, huge choice
  • Against: Uninspiring interior, Vignale is too expensive
  • Verdict: Dynamic leader is almost as good as the Golf

Twenty years after the ground-breaking original, the latest Focus remains the benchmark mid-size hatchback for those who enjoy driving.

Its cabin might look a tad uninspiring, but quality is much improved over the previous car, and there’s more space.

A wide range of petrol and diesel engines includes the ever-popular 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. Available with three power outputs, it delivers a tremendous blend of performance and efficiency.

Standard equipment is high, with the entry-level Style featuring a 4.2-inch colour display, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning and a host of safety systems.

Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale trim levels complete the mainstream line-up, along with the crossover-inspired Active.

All are available in practical estate guise, as is the sporty ST – the performance flagship.The Focus is arguably the best all-rounder in its segment, even if the Volkswagen Golf trumps it for quality and badge kudos.

KEY INFO

  • Launched: 2018
  • Facelifted: TBC
  • Due for replacement: TBC
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Model: Ford Focus
Prices from: £22,210
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Bodystyles: Hatch, estate
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