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The pros and cons of the much-loved Ford Focus

There are some cars which come into and out of our lives in seemingly no time at all. They’re here one minute and gone the next, like a distant ship on the horizon, but the highly popular Ford Focus is one of those hatchbacks that seem to have been around for ever. Not everything about it is perfect, of course, but overall it does just what it says on the tin. There will be others in its class which are more pleasing to the eye, which boast better fuel efficiency, which carry more luggage and which will undoubtedly cost less. But the Focus is one of those motors that perform pretty well in each category without necessarily leading the way. If it were a decathlete, it would win a gold medal every time Sports Day came around.

Unlike many of its rivals, the Focus offers a superior ride quality. A long journey doesn’t have to be an ordeal nowadays, but it’s surprising just how many of its competitors have chosen other factors above comfort. That’s not the case with the Focus, thank goodness, so if you’re planning a trip from Land’s End to John o’Groats in the coming weeks feel free to go ahead.

Ford Focus ST side

Ford Focus ST side

Nice and smooth, nice and quiet

When it comes to handling, it performs better than most of its rivals, another factor which improves the quality of the ride. Cornering is smooth and noticeably effortless, although it could be a little smoother on the open road. One of the more pleasing aspects of life in a Ford Focus is that, even at high speeds, the inside of the cabin is still remarkably quiet.

If performance is what floats your boat, you will have to make a decision about which engine you choose. There is a wide selection of both petrol and diesel variations, and of course each will perform differently. Fuel efficiency is good, although the 1.6 turbocharged model will obviously be throatier, and therefore more likely to guzzle up the gas at times.

Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST

As you might expect from a model range that offers something to suit all budgets, the choice of extras varies greatly from rather basic to Mission Control-esque. The more extras you want, the more it will cost you. The Ford Focus is commendably trying to be all things to all men, and that, in the modern era, is no bad thing at all.

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