Used Ford Focus Hatchback (1998 - 2004) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Apr 2013
4
The Focus was nothing short of a revelation when it was launched, offering a superb blend of practicality, comfort and keen handling. A great all-rounder, it continues to be a hugely popular model and with a wide range of engines and trims there's something to suit everyone.
Ford Focus Hatchback (98-04)
Good choice of engines and trim, easy to drive, ST170 is cheap, fast and fun
Poor equipment on early models

New price range:

£9,868 - £16,840

Used price range:

£255 - £1,625

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Focus was nothing short of a revelation when it was launched, offering a superb blend of practicality, comfort and keen handling. A great all-rounder, it continues to be a hugely popular model and with a wide range of engines and trims there's something to suit everyone. Easy to live with and simple to drive, the Focus makes an ideal small family car with the 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre Zetec models the pick of the range.

There are also some excellent TDCI diesels which are refined and ideal for long distance travel.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Despite having 120,000 miles showing when we bought it, it has been ultra reliable and there is no sign of the traditional Ford issue of rust. Does 40mpg easily on a run.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   30 May 2016    ... read more

 Deceptively useful and large interior space. I can fit 2 standard-size wheelie-bins into it (with the back seats down obviously). Can take 2 dogs (1 medium 1 larger) comfortably. It has more interior...  

5 out of 5

Neil Hughes ,   29 Feb 2016    ... read more

 Large boot, ok space at the back, good view through back window.  

4 out of 5

Lukasz Chrzanowski ,   07 Jul 2015    ... read more

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