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Ford Focus

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Ford Focus

(2018 - present)

    In June 2022, Ford announced that it had temporarily stopped taking any new customer orders for all Fiesta, Focus, Galaxy and S-Max models due to an ongoing shortage of components to build them.

    We do not yet have any indication when orders will resume.

    Summary


    The Ford Focus is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate. The current model was launched in the middle of 2018, and is the fourth generation of a highly-successful model in the Ford family.

    There is a hot-hatch performance model called the Focus ST, and a lifestyle-oriented high-riding version called the Focus Active. We are building separate pages for all these versions, so check back soon.

    The Ford Focus has received good scores compared to its rivals from most UK media sources, and has been widely praised for its driving dynamics and (optional) advanced safety systems.

    In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the current Ford Focus ranked 38th. Diesel versions didn’t make the top 50. In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Focus (both petrol and diesel models) in ninth place on its list of the most reliable family cars.

    The Focus range was given a mid-life facelift in early 2022, consisting of some exterior tweaks and new interior hardware.

    As of June 2022, the Ford Focus holds an Expert Rating of 77%. This collection of reviews includes scores for both pre-facelift and post-facelift models, and we expect to see further post-facelift reviews published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points over time.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £22,215 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2018
    Last updated: Summer 2020
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: September 2019
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 72%
    Safety assist: 75%

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    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Ford Focus has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    The Ford Focus is below average for reliability with a score of 43%, according to exclusive data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This covers not just the current-model Focus, but previous models as well, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re looking at a used car.

    The good news is that the majority of problems are relatively inexpensive. Braking and electrical system problems make up the vast majority of issues reported by MotorEasy’s warranty data, while the big-ticket expenses of engine and gearbox faults are mercifully rare.

    If you’re looking at a used Ford Focus, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Focus has received

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car to Drive

    2020

    • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car

    2019

    • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car
    • Great British Fleet Awards – Best New Car + Best Lower Medium Fleet Car
    • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
    • Towcar of the Year Awards – Winner, Caravan Weight 1300kg – 1400kg + Best Family Towcar categories

    2018

    • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
    • carwow Awards – Family Award

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    Ford FocusThe Ford Focus has received many good reviews and awards from the UK media, and has been widely praised for its driving dynamics and safety.