I've owned my Ford Focus for a little over a year so far. It is a 1.6 TDCi Ghia on an 06 plate, with 110bhp.
Over the time, it has averaged about 55mpg, and it is in tax band D which, at todays prices, is £105 for the year. So it is fairly economical for it's age, yet it still has more than enough power for most users which, coupled with an amazing chassis that handles brilliantly, allows for a fantastic driving experience.
There is plenty of space in the boot, and, if thats not enough, the back seats can be folded down quickly and easily for an even larger load area. Yet it still doesn't feel that big to drive - I can still park in fairly small spaces as its only about a foot longer than a Corsa or a Fiesta. Now, there are plenty of large estates with cavernous boots that will swallow up more luggage than this, but it is perfect for families who want a small car with lots of boot space.
Now on to the gadgets. Being the Ghia model, it has a lot. Air con, alloys, electric windows all round, a heated front windscreen, auto lights and wipers and footwell lights just to name a few, which rivals a lot of more expensive cars.
However, there are a few bad parts. Reliability has been a slight issue, with two problems so far costing me about £400 each time. Firstly, the alternator broke, meaning that the car wouldn't start. A few months later, the Diesel Particulate Filter became too clogged. However this should be replaced every six years, but the previous owner had neglected to do this.
The 1.8 TDCi is a similar price to buy, similar power and costs slightly more to run, however it does not have the DPF so if this is a worry, the 1.8 is the one to go for.
However, given that it is a 7 year old car, I'm not too unhappy with it.
It has recently started playing up again, so I'm knocking a star off both the reliability rating and the overall rating. The car has now started randomly cutting out and stalling under accelleration.
Just purchased a 2006 Ford Focus Ghia after our previous car (Renault Scenic which I would never touch again but will save that for another review) blew up on the motorway! Have to say it was a bit of an emergency buy because of the lack of transport to get me to work but so far I am really impressed - lets hope I don't live to regret those words ;) The drive is very smooth and despite going from a 1.9 to a 1.6 I find that there is more than enough power for motorway driving and its nippy for around town. Its obviously smaller than my previous car but there is more than enough leg room in both the front and back and head height is fine even for my tall husband. There is a little less room in the back once the baby seat and booster is in so with a third person it would feel a little bit of a tight squeeze but generally we only have two kids in the back so that isn't a major issue. We may find boot space an issue when we go away to visit family but day to day there is more than enough room for pram and shopping. Many people say its not an exciting car but I need reliable, safe and cheap to maintain and I think the Focus provides all of these. Time will only tell if I remain positive but looking at both expert and owner reviews I think that this will be a good buy - I will be back to update this review if I am proved wrong.
I've had a ford focus ghia 1.6 automatic for almost 3 years now and I love it. It was the car I learnt to drive in so that probably helps but I really enjoy driving this car. I have the metallic blue/turquoise colour which adds a little bit more of a fun and a young feel.
As I'm a girl I can't really tell you about the break horse power or the mpg or whatever but I can tell you it picks up speed really well so when you tell it to go it goes, although its quite a big car it sure can nip around places. As I have an automatic I find it is a really smooth drive with good suspension over those dreaded pot holes and speed bumps.
This car also feels very safe and comfortable drive. The seats are slightly bucketed around you for extra comfort and they are very easy to adjust.
The interior of the car is very nice you have lots of gadgets and gismos including a Sony stereo system, automatic headlights and window screen wipers and heated window screen for those cold mornings as well as the much needed MP3 socket. The car is roomy and has lots of storage compartments and a good size boot. This is an ideal family car.
The only down side is it does tend to use a lot of petrol and it can seem a little heavy sometimes but then again I am only a small 5ft 2.
I recently traded in my micra for a 55 plate Ford Focus Ghia 2l diesel. This was a bit of a step up from the micra but I felt that I finally deserved a car that would get me from A to B without shaking along the way! I spent one day at a car supermarket and decided that the Ghia was right for me. I was instantly comfortable inside the car, which for someone who is quite short is a surprisingly hard quality to find in a car. I didn't buy the car from the car supermarket as I decided that I wanted all the extras that I could get so I kept an eye out on Autotrader for the perfect car (when buying second hand they all tend to be the same price no matter how many extras they have!). Eventually I found it, for £7k I could have a 55 plate Ford Focus Ghia 2l diesel with all the extras, a new MOT and service, 1 years guarantee and tax! They even took the micra off me for £700 which is not bad for the amount of miles it had done!
Now the car itself is wonderful especially for a short person. The seat is height and length adjustable. My only complaint here is that it is a pump action height adjuster and when you're sitting out in public this can look at little weird! The steering wheel is adjustable as well so you can bring that down to your height. The gear stick and hand break are within easy reach without the seat digging into you when you reach for them (a more common problem than you may think). I should also say that all of these things are in the right position for my other half as well and he is considerably taller than me.
The car is very spacious, I have driven around with a full car of people and no one has complained about being cramped. There is plenty of leg room and even in the back seat there is plenty of head space, I have a friend who is 6"5 and his head was only just touching the roof. The boot is a nice size; it can easily hold all my shopping and would even take a good few suitcases.
The vision out of the front of the car is great. The wing-mirrors are quite large so they greatly improve your vision. There are not too many blind spots at the front or side. Now for the complaint, the rear windscreen is small and at an angle. This means that the vision out of the back of the car is not very good. I find it hard, when reversing; to see how much space I have left behind me and if there is anything behind me. We have parking sensors installed on the car so that helps but it would be good if they could improve the visibility.
The car is fairly economical, doing town driving I get about 450miles out of a tank. A quick hunt on the internet has revealed that the Fuel consumption is 38.2mpg for urban, 64.3mpg for extra urban and 51.3mpg for combined. 0-62mph takes 9.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 126mph.
The Ghia comes with lots of perks including air conditioning and cruise control as standard. It also has a heated windscreen, automatic lights and windscreen wipers. My favourite thing is that it has heated wing-mirrors which saves you having to scrape your wing-mirrors off on cold days and guarantees that you can still use them, I don't know about anyone else but I find that on cold mornings my wing-mirrors used to be useless as they stayed frosted up and any rain just iced over!
I would really recommend the Ford Focus Ghia, I love driving it and find that it is so comfortable that even my morning commute doesn't seem taxing anymore.
I bought my Ford Focus Ghia 1.6 around 12 months ago when my Rover 25 Olympic went to the great scrap-heap in the sky. It was second-hand, having only one prior owner and has an 02 registration, but i still paid around £4000 for it, and my insurance wasnt cheap either at £800. This moves it to the ceiling of what the average student can afford, if not making it completely unaffordable for that group of drivers.
There are lots of things i like about the car, one of which being the front heated screen, which given our current cold weather has meant the difference between scraping ice for 15 minutes, and watching it all melt from the comfort of the drivers seat! This is also the first time I've had remote central locking on a car, and of course the further away you can zap your car from, the cooler you look! Leaving the best until last, i love the engine response of this model, it's definitely a car to have fun in on country lanes, and even on motorways it makes cruising at higher speeds less laboured.
There are, however, several bugbears i have with this car. Starting from the inside, I seem to have less arm-room than in my rover 25, and that was a narrower car by several inches! This isn't helped by an arm rest which i can't use, because I'm small and using the arm rest i can't reach things like the hearstick or handbrake. Another thing that really annoys me is that if i want to replace the cd player with one that for example plays mp3s, or i can plug my ipod into (among the vast array of things that In-Car Entertainment can do nowadays) then i will have a great gaping hole either above the replacement cd player, because the current one takes up nearly the whole area!
Moving outside, i seem to have real problems sticking to the road, although most of the focus owners I've spoken to have reported the complete opposite. Sometimes the car has problems starting first time, but it's always started the second time, I've never had to try a third. Petrol consumption is not bad (not great either!), i can get roughly 250 miles out of one tank of petrol using mixed styles of driving.
All in all after 12 months of driving it, I'm quite underwhelmed by the car. I do wish I'd looked at other cars instead of just going on the recomendation of someone else. I'm looking forward to trading this one in soon, and trying out a Skoda...
Here's the most recent problem I've come across in my Focus: When I put the key in ignition, it does not turn at all. Last night I'd spent ~1 hour trying to resolve this, but all in vain. I've come across hundreds of complaints from several people experiencing the same problem with their Focus. Today, when I'd called the Ford dealer service dept., they acted as if they do not know anything about this problem, but that they'd have to drill & replace the ignition cylinder (cost $300+); and because it's a delicate operation, if some other part gets damaged I'd end up paying much more. Given that it's a widespread problem, I'm surprised that Ford has not issued a recall for this... Other than this, I've had numerous problems with this vehicle, e.g., 1. Intermittent engine stall/hesitation problem, where the vehicle speed does not get past 40-50 kmph no matter how hard I press on the gas padel, It's a big safety issue, and I fear driving my vehicle on highways. 2. I hear scratching noise when I press on the gas padel to accelerate. Also, there have been several recalls in the last 2 years. This is my first Ford vehicle; and given the lack of quality, and the attitude of the Company to take responsibility for defects in its product, it'd be the last Ford I own.
Since my father was given a Ford Focus 2.0L Ghia I must say I really enjoyed driving it when I was on the insurance, just for the sheer power and ability to accelerate at traffic lights. The car belonged to an electrical company(they paid my insurance for the car) but when my father retired he was offered the car and sadly for me, my insurance was far too expensive for the car :-(. Should you wonder how much the car cost it was around £10K but that was bought off the Leasing Company who dealt with my fathers former work. The car itself has Air Conditioning which does a good job of keeping you cool on those hot days. Internally the car has plenty legroom and because it is an estate it also has a large storage area within the boot iself. Also located inside the car is the rather handy steering wheel controls for the Radio which saves you having to look away from the road when driving. I think the Radio in the Focus is good but it doesnt really vary much from previous models of Fords we have had, although the radio has a removable keypad which deters people stealing them. While on the subject of the steering wheel there is also a button that you can press and it will give you the approximate miles of fuel you have left, how many miles you get to the gallon and the temperature. Outside the car our one has got Alloy wheels and Ford has designed a kind of key which is for security. You will be given one when you purchase the car, this prevents other people removing the wheels of the vehicle without your consent. The Acceleration in the car is very good, as I have said we have a 2.0 ghia(Unleaded) and its easy to get up speed in and you can easily cruise up hills. The noise factor doesnt come into the car really as I find it quite quiet. I must admit we havent had any problems with any of the Fords we have had and that includes the Ford Sierra, Mondeo and Focus so I think it says that Ford's are quite reliable vehicles. As for the safety the car has got ABS as standard and it also has passenger and driver airbag. Having never been involved in an accident(thankfully) I am pretty sure that the Focus would be able to withstand quite an impact. The car seems to handle quite well whether its wet or dry, I cant say I have any complaints with under steer or over steer in any condition so I am satisfied with its performance. Overall I would recommend this car to anybody, should anybody be interested if you goto www.ford.co.uk they will inform you of the prices, they also have a feature called "Build Your Own" which allows you to customise your own car(this allows all ford vehicles excluding vans) As previously mentioned the car has a security key for the alloy wheels but because this car also has central locking you are able to deadlock the car aswell once you have locked the vehicle preventing/deterring thieves. The new Ford Focus has little difference in the body style from the older style, as far as I can tell the only difference is mainly in the indicators now being located on the inside of the lights closer to the grill on the engine. Having visited the Ford Website you can actually save money by buying online. The price of a Ford Focus 5dr 2.0l ghia is approximately £15,795.00 on the Road Price although should you wish to buy online they are giving you a quote of only £14,495.00 so as you can see it can cost you less if you shop around!. Given the chance I think we probably would purchase another Focus(if the model is continued at the time) as it is a great car and its from a manufacturer we trust.
I've been driving a 1.6 Focus Ghia Saloon for about six months and have not been dissapointed in it. Initially on my choice of car; I test drove and compared nine others (Rover 45, Toyota Corolla and Avensis, Citroen Xsara, Renault Megane and Scenic, Chrysler Neon, VW Golf and Seat Cordoba). Only the Focus was I immediately comfortable and impressed with! Its comfortable...seat can be moved to suit all, easy to get into without knocking knee on on trim (Rover take note!); responsive...just takes roundabouts with a roll of the wrist on the steering wheel and acceleration just a feather touch on the pedals, and practical...nice touches throughout...CD contols on the steering column, arm rest, good dashboard layout,large boot, collapsible seats. Economical...as good as my old Escort which I swore by! Whats more, it impresses others! I've lost count of the time work colleagues and passers-by in car parks have commented on the vehicle! Definately, the saloon looks more stylish than the 'fat-arse' hatchback. Complaints....well the absence of a rear wiper, the difficulty in getting coins out of the coin holder, the automatic 3-wipe smearing the windscreen when you use the washer is a pain when you run out of water, and the sun visor hits my forehead. As you can see, only trivial complaints..so its all good. Get one, but import it! Update Feb 2004: After 3 years and 60,000 on the clock I can still say that my initial satisfaction has been surpassed by its onging relaibility and comfort. Brake pads and tyres have been changed, everything else is still as bought and running fine. I do drive other cars occasionally, but it always a pleasure to return to the driving seat of the Focus. I have yet to find another car that feels so comfortable. As for the styling of the saloon that many have expressed as odd?I still fine it appealing....each to their own I suppose.
I bought a 2.0l Ghia in September and I am really impressed. I went for the stylish saloon rather than the cut off hatchback and boy is it a big car. It has all the extras you need and a few you don't and is well put together and stylish. The boot has masses of room in and being higher than the hatchback means less bending when you are getting shopping in and out. I'm getting about 32MPG from it and that's with town driving, only 5 miles to work every day! When I do my motorway trips I get just over 38mpg, pretty good considering I'm a foot down sort of driver. I also find it comfortable and on the long journeys when I stop at the service station I adjust the steering wheel and seat to vary my driving position. The car handles well and with both ABS and traction control I feel that its a safe vehicle to be in. The other day I was cut up by an idiot (and yes I can say he was an idiot when we had previously been stuck in traffic he was weaving in and out of lanes and his kids did not have seatbelts on) who cut across me on a slip road and pulled up on the grass. Both the ABS and the traction control came into play as I stood on my brakes to avoid him and an accident didn't happen. I'm sure that I would have hit him in my old car. The extras on this car make it a joy to own. When its cold you have heated front and rear windscreens and heated door mirrors to speed up that de-icing process. A light on the dashboard shows you when you are running low on screen cleaner, which is better than running out in the middle of a long journey. The on-board computer is also a useful gizmo. It tells you your fuel consumption in miles per gallon, your average speed in miles per hour, the outside temperature and your current miles per gallon and how many miles worth of petrol you have left in your tank (based on your fuel consumption). For those of you who think in metric, a simple button push will change all this to m
etric. If the temperature is 4 degrees or below the computer will beep as you start your engine and switch to showing you the temperature, a light on the dash also remains lit until the temperature rises above 4 degrees. When you get down to 50 miles of petrol, the computer beeps and switches to showing you how much petrol you have left. -----UPDATE 29/01/01------ My Focus has spent today in the dealers for a repair. Basically on cold days the engine over revs once the car has warmed up. One morning I had travelled 17 miles and when I stopped the engine was at 3000 revs! They have called me and told me there is nothing they can do at present as this is a known fault with 2l Focus's. Ford are working on a fix to this problem and I will be contacted when a fix is available. The price can be a bit high but when you see all the extras that you get (especially now you get a 3 year warranty) it seems worth it
The Ford Focus is one of the best cars on the market today and this can be seen by its market share. Ford have made a great car by using an uninspiring design but by raising the level of the car, hence increasing stability and handling. As the most popular road model there is at the moment, Ford have added interesting features such as the independent tyre suspension on all models. The engines are more than willing but can wear out very easily if over revved. Still, as the best car, it definitely demands a closer look!
In driving a Ford Focus I have found it to be both comfortable and have excellent road handling capacities. The mileage is good, but not as good as in the literature. The car I have driven is a diesel and does about 50 miles to the gallon. If you are thinking of getting this car and have children I would recommend the seats which are all fabric rather then those trimmed with the softer material, as this is difficult to clean. Apart from that, my only regret was not getting a CD player as adding it much more expensive to add in later.