Ford Focus

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How much does the Ford Focus cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Ford Focus to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Ford Focus 1.5L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 83 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Honda Civic 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 14, which is lower than the Audi A3 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Hyundai I30 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.5L diesel1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg51.4 - 65.767.3 - 83.146.3 - 51.462.7 - 83.136.7 - 47.9
emissions99 - 12588 - 109127 - 14088 - 118136 - 184
tax£0.00 - £125.00£0.00 - £20.00£125.00 - £145.00£0.00 - £30.00£145.00 - £260.00
insuranceGroup 10 - 16Group 12 - 16Group 17 - 22Group 10 - 16Group 6 - 26

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Ford Focus: How big is the boot?

The Ford Focus estate has a bigger boot than the hatchback (it can hold 477 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the estate to take one pushchair and 3 large bags or 4 large bags. While the hatchback takes just 2 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Ford Focus easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Skoda Rapid.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Focus is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 11m, and a length of 4447m, giving you a relatively small 353mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Suzuki Baleno.

Which Ford Focus has the best performance?

The fastest Ford Focus from 0-60, is the 2.3L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 470 lbs/ft torque and 350 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Mercedes Benz A Class 2.0L petrol, which will beat your Ford Focus to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.5L diesel1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6210.4 - 12.710.5 - 12.28.6 - 9.410.8 - 12.97.9 - 14.9
torque150 - 200250 - 300240215 - 270141 - 240
bhp100 - 14095 - 120150 - 18290 - 11585 - 182

What size caravan or trailer, can the Ford Focus tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Ford Focus 2.0L diesel which has 370 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1800kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.