What should I be paying?
Well, that depends on what spec you go for. The base-spec Zetec edition starts at just over £22k but it still packs a fair amount of gear as standard, including an eight-inch infotainment system (complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), front and rear parking sensors, heated windscreen, and several driver-assist systems.
One up from that is Titanium, starting from about a grand more, which looks much like the Zetec but packs more as standard, including auto headlights and wipers, climate control, heated seats and keyless start. It’s largely the same spec equipment-wise as the ST-Line, with the latter additionally adding 17-inch alloy wheels, sports tuned suspension, and a sportier bodykit. Expect to pay around £24k there.
Splitting the Titanium and the ST-Line is the SUV-inspired Active edition, starting at just over £23.5k. It sits 30mm higher than the standard Focus and has more of a ‘rugged’ look to it – read plenty of plastic exterior cladding. Are you realistically ever going to take your Focus off-road? No. Stick to one of the other trims.
On finance, there’s not a lot of difference between the various trims. Expect to pay somewhere between £350 for base-spec Zetec and £400 for top-spec ST-Line, based on a three-year agreement with a six-month initial payment.
Our choice would be the ST-Line for the sportier looks and increased equipment, specced with either the 123bhp (£24,665) or 153bhp (£25,335) 1.0-litre Ecoboost hybrid, and costing around £750 more than the like-for-like non-hybrid variants. If your budget can stretch that far, go for the upper hybrid powertrain.
Why? Well, you should benefit from slightly improved MPG and reduced CO2 emissions, for starters – where the standard 1.0-litre 123bhp 3cyl manages 50.4mpg and 125g/km CO2 emission, the like-for-like hybrid variant manages 51.4mpg and 116g/km CO2 emissions. Good for your wallet and the environment.
The diesels, meanwhile, range from 54 to 58mpg and 119 to 128g/km, so not a compelling advantage. Ford’s guarantee is a handy three years/60,000miles.