FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

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Practicality:

89.05%

Reliability:

90.48%

Build Quality:

85.24%

How it Drives:

92.38%

Running cost:

78.1%

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AndrewClaytonUK

Overall Good

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

I love driving this car. It does actually handle well for the size of this car, top speed is decent and acceleration. However, you must be in a lower gear to get the power instantly. You can feel the turbo kick in. The only downsides is that there are a lot of rattles, which bug me because I cant get into them, as they are inside the dashboard and I only get 30mpg. In my opinion, that's dreadful for a 1.0 3 cylinder. I understand that you have to accelerate harder and all of this, but still. My 14 year old Fiat Punto 1.4 Sporting got more MPG than this, and actually had more specs to it, like hill start assist, limited slip diff, and all the other cool stuff, which my 3 year old focus does not have. Shame really.

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Anonymous

My ST

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

This car is great to drive and is a practical car. It can be driven quickly or slowly it pulls in every gear. Economy for such a powerful engine is great, so much so I have just ordered another one........ Also the kids love it and I can fit all three in.

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M Hadwin

My ST

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

This car is great to drive and is a practical car. It can be driven quickly or slowly it pulls in every gear. Economy for such a powerful engine is great, so much so I have just ordered another one........ Also the kids love it and I can fit all three in.

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Elaine Butler

My Car bought when 2 years old

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Good things about my car 1. Lovely to Drive - very smooth - easy gear change - surprising power for a 1 ltr 2. very quiet - except on concrete roads (but that may be be due to the low profile tyres due to being a demonstrater they are even lower than the standard that come with this particular model) 3. the model has a lot of nice features - heated seats, auto stop/start - auto windscreen wiper & lights, ambient lighting - front & back beepers - cruise control - in car phone hands free feature ( really didn't think I would use this as I am very anti people using hand held phones - but hands free is good only use it sparingly though) music on a usb - can charge your phone on it too 4. I love the colour of mine which is candy red - and sorry to say that's what made me go for this model... 5. heated windscreen - sad to say that's why I usually pick a ford. The things I don't like about this car are few - 1. the TURNING CIRCLE - it is rubbish like trying to maneuver a truck. You cannot turn this car in the road in one swing you really have to do a 3 point turn. 2. don't rely on the display telling you to change gear - it wants you to change up to soon...also you need to use the gears ( a bit like riding a motorbike) otherwise you labour the engine - not good in hilly coutryside always changing up & down - I would suggest that you buy the 1.5 (which is what I may go for next time) Build quality 1 .the rubber strips round all the doors peeled away 2. It has had it's engine replaced due to a recall - that Ford didn't inform me about - even though they had serviced my car!!! - they did give me a courtesy car as it was their error. - can't say I was impressed with the sales team response as they would not guarantee the new engine - who said they had replaced it as a good will gesture (the engine was smoking - not a good will gesture) 3. the battery had to be replaced at 35,000 miles - at a whopping £226 ( I couldn't get one off the shelf) All in all - a pretty good car - I love the style and shape of it and enjoy driving it - but if I buy a ford again - I would go for either the 1.5 engine or a 2ltr diesel (my previous model was a the Ford Ghia 2ltr TDI -185bhp a fantastic car)

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Anonymous

Great car

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Two litre hatch with a bit of a kick. Well specd ST 3 model is the one to go for.

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Anonymous

I'm Glad I Was Persuaded To Drive This Car

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Firstly don't be afraid about a 1 litre engine it's amazing it's quiet,responsive,economical, I've taken the car from Norfolk to Scotland & Onto Cornwall all within a few days it coped with narrow B roads A roads motorways steep hills long hills with ease and comfort, the build quality is exceptional, I love the massive amount of steering seat adjustment I'm 6'4 my wife 5'4 and we both sit comfortable, great all round vision and electric power steering along with a 6 speed gearbox makes it an easy car to drive, the audio sat nav and Ford sync are a joy to use as is the auto parking.. The frozen white gleams and looks classy the boot is plenty big enough and itch back seats down there is loads of space..

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Steve

I'm Glad I Was Persuaded To Drive This Car

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Firstly don't be afraid about a 1 litre engine it's amazing it's quiet,responsive,economical, I've taken the car from Norfolk to Scotland & Onto Cornwall all within a few days it coped with narrow B roads A roads motorways steep hills long hills with ease and comfort, the build quality is exceptional, I love the massive amount of steering seat adjustment I'm 6'4 my wife 5'4 and we both sit comfortable, great all round vision and electric power steering along with a 6 speed gearbox makes it an easy car to drive, the audio sat nav and Ford sync are a joy to use as is the auto parking.. The frozen white gleams and looks classy the boot is plenty big enough and itch back seats down there is loads of space..

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Anonymous

Overall good

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

I bought this car (Mk3) based on popularity, and the groundbreaking technology behind the wonderful new Ecoboost engine. Without a doubt the car is very stylish, comfortable for 5 people, boot space is good and drives nicely. Sony audio system, Dab radio and Sat Nav all work very well. Stop start and park assist work flawlessly. The speech recognition is a bit hit and miss and I don't bother using it now, a software update is long overdue. One of the main reasons for buying this car was the alleged fuel economy. If your in the market for this car and want the economy don't bother, my Mk1 Focus was far better. Would I personally buy another Ford, probably not.

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Inversnaid

Ford focus ST3

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Gobuy one,fun to drive,loves twists and turns,precise steering,responsive through the gearbox,cracking brakes,great interior,all leather on this model,generous baggage space,a good buy for the money in comparison to its rivals........vroom!!!

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Vipergra

Greatness

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

A superb car in every way. An experience that will live with you forever.

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Jinbob991

My car

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Very good on petrol smooth on the road handling good loads of room

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SteveP

Focus Ecoboost

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Nice drive, we'll kitted, performance will surprise from 1000cc /3 cylinder for a car this size. Well impressed. Will certainly look to replace with same next time.

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Focus Man

Great car. Not the promised economy.

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Great car. Looks great and drives well. More powerful than expected. Not as economical as expected though.

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preecematt

Focus 1.6 Ecoboost Titanium

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Firstly the bad bits. Boot is small & a small pram has to be put in diagonally & the running costs are expensive(fuel mpg is poor & insurance is surprisingly high). Reliability at the moment is good(hasn't broken down YET!) Interior is so comfy, quiet & very good build quality, only downside is the speakers could do with being better quality, IF I'm being picky. Drives very well, pulls well for the engine size + car size. Overall I am happy with this car

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btmaldon

My midlife crisis

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Group 35 insurance. Economy not great. Best I get is 33mpg on a run but probably could get 37 if I drove like a Granny. 28mpg more likely if driving locally. Clutch pedal is sharp bu a bit on the heavy side. On the plus side it goes round corners like it is on rails. The seats hold you in place perfectly and you still feel comfortable after a 200 mile drive. The suspension is firm but not harsh like an S Line Audi or an M Sport BMW so potholes wont break your teeth. Accelerations is great and it just keeps on going through the rev range. Torque is excellent and no turbo lag. All this with a fairly practical 5 door hatchback.

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Anonymous

Ford focus 2011 1.6petrol

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Great car, not the best mpg though, about 40 combined driving well. Also, £130 a year tax is dreadful

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Danny

MR

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Highly recommended!! Cheap to run..

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Ray

Ford focus

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Exelent family car and good mpg no matter how I drive I always get 43mpg good size boot and space in rear seats

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Cara

MRS C WILLIAMS

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

This is the 2nd Ford focus we have owned , had the 1st one 10 years and still got it, hope this one proves to be as good.

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Anonymous

Ford focus zetec 125

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Good all round car pity about the door sills

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Anonymous

Everyday commuter

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Ok to use as a city commuter car. Spacious enough for a family of 4. Mpg figures have been very unrealistic compared to what the brochure said. Boring and underpowered on the motorway. Over the last 2years the clutch pedal biting point has been getting higher and higher which is annoying.

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steve h

upgrade

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

it has the appeal of a bigger car(we had a small 08 fiesta before) smaller engine good family car

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meredes

Is this the Focus to own

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Although my car is the Powershift version, I find it a joy to drive. Being an Automatic fuel ecomony isn't as good as the manual but having driven significant distances on Motorways I find I can get the fuel consumption up to a respectable 36MPG but the car itself is very capable of comfortable motoring. the shape and comfort of the car are commendable for the driver, servicing is a doddle, is use the dealer network which in my area are very good, and add to driving pleasure.

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dan

focus mk3

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

It's awesome for a 3 cinder

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Anonymous

Practical Hot Hatch

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Fabulous performance coupled with exceptional handling. With the five doors it is also very practical. I love the look of the car and always thought these would look stupid in a three door. These are not very economical. I get 37mpg on a run but would get more if I drove at 50mph all the time. Around town expect around 28mpg. Seats are really comfy and no numb bottom after a 200 plus mile journey. Build quality is far better than any previous Focus. Gear changes are slick and road noise at cruising speeds is very good.

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AndrewClaytonUK

Good

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

The car is comfortable, quite and you also feel safe inside. It feels like you are enclosed in thick metal, probably why it ways nearly 2 tonnes. Unlike other 'cheap' cars which have doors made out of coke cans. If you put on good tyres, the car has great grip, both in the wet and the dry and the car does not roll too much. It can be quick, however, you will soon face the consequences when you end up getting 30 mpg from a 1 liter 3 cylinder engine.

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SteveP

Top spec Ford

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Very high specification, lots of technology, economical to drive, excellent performance and drivability from such a small engine - will genuinely impress. Love it, will definitely look to update in near future.

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mike the bike

cheaper to run focus

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

This car as the same power as an 4 cylinder focus,its cheaper to run insure and tax,the fuel consumption has improved by 25% on the older focus i owned, the styling is far better and more up to date.

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dixie

Economic Ford

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Bought this used at only 18 months old. Been very pleased however I did get an engine malfuction warning. Luckily the car was still under warranty and was fixed by Perrys Ford, High Wycombe who wetre excellent to deal with. I'm very pleased with the mpg and the performance from the engine is unbelieveable for a 1 litre car.

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Derekt10

Derek

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Very good and I like it

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HUGH

MY FORD FOCUS

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE AUTOMATIC POWER SHIFT TRANSMISSION

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Atomic Comic

Amazing!

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Amazing! I have had this car for just over a year now and I am not disappointed at all! lots of space, quite, cheap to run and fast! I can beat a 2008 bmw 3 series 2.0 off the line which in my opinion is amazing for a small 1.0l car! My friend who had that bmw sold it and brought a focus like mine. Anyway the only down side for me is the engine noise. It's so quite that sometimes I forget to turn the engine off as I have a start stop ignition. Tax is only £30 a year! Which is great for me as this is my first car and kept the costs down. Do not put cheap tyres on this car as it will make a MASSIVE difference. Best tyres I found are continental runflat tyres. This is because there is no spare tyre. But the only other thing I can say is this is an amazing car specially if you are a first time driver as it is so cheap to run! I hope this review helps you!

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Anonymous

Fun Daily

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

My last car was a 1.6 Suzuki Swift Sport, built for flinging through the corners but not a out and out hot hatch by any means. I had been looking for a new car for about a year and was looking a Audi S3's originally. I finally admitted defeat a while back realising they were too much money for what it was. I stopped looking for a while but not long back I got into searching again. I set my sights on the trio of Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RS & Vauxhall Astra VXR (2013 models). I was never sure on what to make of the Focus, I thought it looked a bit bland compared to the outlandish bodywork of the Astra and the inferior handling of the Megane but having driven the Megane and realising it was completely impractical compared to even my Swift it was suitable for me. If you plan on having more than 2 people in the car with a Megane be warned, if it has the Recaro seats there is a support strut that runs straight over the rear passengers feat to the point where they are locked in place until you get out of the car. The following day I went to look at a Focus, which ended up coming home with me. I fell in love instantly. I've always liked bright cars that catch peoples eyes, the colour of choice, Tangerine Scream, or Orangey Yellow for those not familiar with colour names. Practicality - 5 doors means ease of access for my friends without me getting out of the car constantly. Big boot to haul stuff around but the car doesn't feel massive on the road or when maneuvering in tight spaces. Reliability - I've had it little over 2 months, not long I know, but it hasn't failed me yet. Although I did have one problem where the revs kept dropping when coming to a stop after a long period of open throttle. I took it back to the garage I bought it from and they sorted it straight away, cleaned the throttle body & put an additive in the engine. All good now Build Quality - 4 stars for this, would have gotten 5 if not for the throttle body which seems to be a slight flaw on the manufacturers side & the bonnet has a relatively big gap between the end and the bumper, it lets more air through but is a noted design flaw by Ford themselves How it Drives - My journey to work is less than 10 minutes each day but I can honestly say they are the best 10 minutes of the day. Not hard to achieve in a 9-5 job but still, your own music playing through bluetooth, the noise of the engine/exhaust and the playfulness of the turbo make it an absolute joy to drive. The cornering could be better and it does have a considerable amount of torque steer but all manageable once you learn to drive it and you can still fly through corners on tight, twisty country roads without feeling out of control Running Costs - At the end of the day, no one buys a 2ltr Turbo Hot Hatch for economy but don't expect the claimed 39mpg combined on the specs, it's just not achievable, even on a motorway run. At best if you are behaving yourself you could maybe squeeze out 34. 36 on motorways, but the amount of fun you have by driving a little less economically is well worth the extra cost in petrol and you will almost certainly be on first name terms with the cashier at your local station in no time. Another thing to add, Ford owners, unlike most other car owners have the biggest sense of community and pride in owning and being a part of Ford clubs. No idea why and to be honest Ford as a manufacturer is nothing special, but the community vibe you get is unlike anything I've experienced before.

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Mallettman

Practical car with a zip to it

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

The cars handling is very good and it sticks to the road well even when pushing it on B class roads. I am impressed with the pick up from the 1.6 engine especially in the higher gears. Braking is precise and controlled. The steering is light but suffers with under-steer. The car interior is not packed full of technology with the controls simple to use and close to hand. The economy from the 180 bhp engine is surprisingly good. If you want a family hatchback with a bit of zip to bring a smile to your face it is a very good car. The seat cloth does pluck easily from jean studs and shopping .

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Anonymous

Focus on the Focus

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

I drive the Automatic model, for me it's good, unfortunately fuel consumption suffers. However the car in general is excellent, the Ford dealership I'm with are good at servicing and letting me know of any potential problems. For example, at the last service they reported my brake pads 80% worn and there is about 6 months wear in the 2 front tyres (not bad considering I've done 21,000 miles). The car is relaxing to drive, the only drawback is over the shoulder rear vision, which I rely greatly on wing mirrors to compensate with.

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graham

Ford focus 1.0 ecoboost

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Don't buy a car with this engine it is poorly designed cooling system will eventually cause the engine to fail catastrophically like mine 46000 miles was all it was good for

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Zbyszek K.

My Focus 2012

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

It is a good handling car,fast and low fuel consumption.

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bertybassett

focus

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

it is a nippy eco car with similar gagets to the mercedes. the only problem i have is the auto wipers, they come on at first and wipe twice,then go to sleep,they come on at times after,but dont come on enough. it is dangerous to drive with the screen full of rain waiting for the auto to kick in. i suppose i should put them on constant,if so what is the point of having auto wipers then not very good on my model anyway.

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JC

Good all rounder with plenty of grunt

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

I have owned my Focus ST for two years now and I'm glad I didn't buy anything else. It's a great all rounder with a big boot and five doors (something this car has been marked down for in other reviews I've read and I can't understand why, one upside to having five doors that springs to mind is when it's raining I don't have to get out and get wet to let passengers in). Overall it is a practical car being as it is a Ford Focus. Regarding reliability I had one reoccurring electrical issue which ended with part of the engine wiring harness being replaced. Other than that I've not had any other problems so far. Build quality seems to be pretty good, not the best I must admit as I do have the odd squeak and rattle from the interior but nothing to drive me to the point of insanity. In the wet it can be a bit of a handful, when I purchased the car I remember the salesman telling me to take it easy in the rain until I get used to the car. Even when the roads are damp trying to pull away to exploit a gap must be done with care but as long as you don't go too mad it's still planted. In the dry however I love it, yes there is some torque steer but nothing major that'll have you in the nearest tree or ditch, the electronic systems do work well to tame it. Power is pretty much immediate with very little turbo lag and there is plenty of torque, so much in fact you can drive it like you would a diesel. When you floor it you don't really hear the exhaust maybe the odd rumble but you do get a throaty induction note in the cabin. It's not as refined as the competition but for that reason I love it. Running costs are a bit steep but I don't care, it's a 250PS 2.0 litre turbo it's not going to be economical but it is by far the most economical car I've owned. On a long run it will do 38mpg and around town I get between 21-25mpg. Tax is about £210 per year (although on the Mk3.5 it is slightly cheaper) and tyres aren't overly expensive, I've kept with the factory Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric which have lasted well. Genuine Ford parts are hit and miss when it comes to price. Somethings are cheap and others expensive, I recently replaced the brake discs and pads with upgraded aftermarket parts which were a third of the cost of genuine parts. Overall I love it and wouldn't want any other hot hatch.

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DougS

Ford Focus Titanium

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

An excellent vehicle, a pleasure to drive. A mass of extras installed ..

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Mike B

Buy one!

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

Having previous experience of a Honda Type R (a brilliant car), I find the Focus ST even better. Having grown up dreaming of the Roger Clark's Mk 1 and 2 escorts, this car reminds me why Ford set the world a light with affordable classics. But one now!

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mrwoodii

Good car overall

FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 2011-2014

This is a very good car inspite of a couple of minor flaws. Pros- - Car Drives and handles excellently, with very little body roll around tight corners and excellent grip - Great ride quality (I live in an area with alot of speed bumps) - Surprisingly strong acceleration for a 1.6l engine - Powershift DCT automatic gearbox quick shifting and smooth (most of the time) - Surprisingly quiet at higher speeds (up to ~80MPH) - Very practical and comfortable interior, could just about fit 5 adults - Fantastic sounding Sony stereo - Decent rear leg room even behind me (I'm around 6ft 2in) Cons- - Some interior plastics could be a little better - Boot could do with a bit more space - Powershift gearbox can be a little jerky at very low speeds - Fuel economy suffers around town due to lack of Stop/Start technology (after a few hundered miles of 90% around town driving, I'm only getting ~30MPG)

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