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Ford Focus

9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Focus

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Owning

Running costs and reliability

The petrols look like decent value over their lifetime of ownership. Thanks to light weight, low drag and clever engine tech, the turbo 1.0-litre manages just 107g/km. The top one, the 182bhp 1.5-litre, does 0-62mph in 8.3sec, emits 124g/km of CO2 and returns 51.4mpg, which is good going for a petrol.

The corresponding diesels are about 10-15g/km less, so not a compelling advantage.

Ford’s guarantee is three years/60,000miles. Insurance runs from about 11E for low-power style to 20E for higher-power ST-Line and Vignale.

On finance, the various models are a spookily close match for their corresponding VW Golf versions. The most popular will be the 125bhp ST-Line, quoted on PCP at £225/month over 3yrs with a £5,000 initial deposit.

Every Focus gets alloys, air-con and lane keeping assist. Also insurance-friendly autonomous emergency braking that sees pedestrians and cyclists.

Go to the second trim, Zetec, and you’re in for Apple Carplay/Android Auto on a 6.5in touchscreen, and cruise. After that you’re into the Titanium levels.

The ST-Line gets a body kit and the tauter suspension. If you don’t like phone mirroring, the ST-Line asks just £350 to step from a 6.5 to 8-inch screen and add built-in satnav. You get that as standard in the ST-Line X, plus power driver’s seat and 18s. Also red brake calipers, which we all know are worth a second a lap.

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