Is the Ford Focus a Good Used Car?

15th Jun 2022

By Edward Cook

A Popular Figure

As one of the best-selling Ford models ever produced, the Focus has been a much-loved figure in the motoring world for many years now. Proving popular thanks to its value for money offering and great all-round capabilities, it's a suitable match for a variety of lifestyles.

Ranging from fun hot hatches, to family-orientated cars, the used hatchback market is as competitive as they come, leaving many wondering which car is the best for them.

In this article, we'll take a look at five features that make the Ford Focus a top used car buy, to help you decide if it's the right car for you.

  1. Award-winning powertrains
  2. Interior build quality
  3. Safety features
  4. Various styles
  5. Availability

Award-winning Powertrains

Blue Ford Focus ST Line Exterior Front Static

Introduced in 2018, the fourth generation Ford Focus ensured it offered its best with the continued use of the award-winning EcoBoost engines. Offering impressive everyday performance, these powertrains can comfortably produce between 40 and 50mpg.

Those looking for the lowest running costs may want to consider a mild hybrid or diesel variant, as these can achieve over 50mpg with ease, whilst spirited drivers will like the look of the Focus ST, which comes packed with either a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine or a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine for maximum fun.

Regardless of which powertrain you choose, you can bank on an engaging driving experience, affordable running costs, and a comfortable ride. The third-generation Ford Focus also came with the reliable EcoBoost engine, so this may also be worth considering if you're in the market for a low-cost car.

Interior Build Quality

Ford Focus Interior

In years gone by, you may have had to spend the big bucks to receive an interior that's of a high quality, but this isn't the case in the modern motoring world. Despite its budget friendly price tag, the Focus offers an interior that's loaded with technology and a pleasant place to spend time.

The most prominent feature you'll notice will be the infotainment system, which houses a variety of vehicle settings, audio controls, and a satellite navigation system on higher-end models. Ford's SYNC 3 software has also proven popular thanks to its easy-to-use approach and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.

Comfortable seats, plenty of room, and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system are just a few of the other elements you'll find inside the Focus, leaving few with any complaints.

Safety Features

Orange Ford Focus Active Exterior Front Countryside

Considering the Focus' popularity amongst plenty of families around the UK, safety is one of the areas that Ford placed an emphasis during design and production.

Achieving the full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating is no easy feat, but the Focus did so with flying colours thanks to a range of safety kit. It also scored well in crash safety, achieving 85 percent adult and 87 percent child crash protection.

Expected elements such as rear ISOFIX mounting points for child seats feature, but it's the safety technology that most impresses. The handy Driver Assistance Pack offers the likes of traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control to make life easier when out on the road, while other available gadgets include Rear Park Assist, which allows the car to park itself following a simple push of a button.

Various Styles

Orange Ford Focus Active Estate and White Ford Focus Active Hatch

Maybe you're after something sportier? Or are part of an adventurous family who needs a car that isn't afraid of the muddy stuff? Well, don't fear. The Focus has it all covered.

The Ford Performance-inspired ST Line models offer sporty styling, which comes with more aggressive exterior lines and ST Line badges throughout. If you want even more performance, you'll want to go for a full on ST, or the wild third generation Focus RS.

Business users and fans of luxury will like the look of Focus Vignale models, which is Ford's premium offering. It offers more kit and better refinement than its siblings, as well as bespoke styling.

Finally, the Focus Active is ideal for the wilder families and individuals. With its SUV-esque looks, it's a tougher, more versatile version of the Focus. You'll get features such as roof bars, protective wheel arches, and a raised ride height, all in the name of adventure.


Blue Ford Focus ST Exterior Rear Driving

Stats don't lie, and the sheer number of Focus models sold may be enough to convince most that it's a seriously good car. Due to this popularity when new, there are now plenty of excellent Ford Focus examples to be found on the used car market.

The fourth generation model (2018 onwards) will be the most common on the market, but third generation models (2011 to 2018) are still plentiful in supply and are a bargain for those working with a smaller budget. Introduced in 2022, the fourth generation facelift can also be found on the used market and is a great choice if you're after the latest technology and gadgets.

Find a Used Ford Focus with Evans Halshaw

As you now know, the Ford Focus has a lot to offer for a fairly low price tag. Standing out from the crowd thanks to its overall driving experience and good build quality, it's no wonder the Focus is one of the UK's most popular models, and a great used buy.

If you're on the lookout for your next car, you'll find plenty of great Ford Focus models in our used car inventory. You're also able to try the Focus yourself with a test drive at your nearest Evans Halshaw Ford dealership.