An excellent small family saloon - marred only by poor front seats
Apart from squealing front brakes - nothing!
We bought the Focus 1.8 litre Ghia as a saloon model - not the best looking car, but equipped with a massive boot that swallowed loads of luggage.
We covered 75,000 miles in 3 years all over the UK and the car did not let us down once - no repairs were necessary and all that needed doing was done at the service intervals. The car had two sets of front tyres and one set of rear tyres during its time with us and that was all!
However, the front seats are very uncomfortable and during a long journey you would either get a sore back, a sore hip or a dead leg depending on how you sat.
If Ford did something about the seats (they may have already) it would have been a first rate car.
It would average around 35mpg during London stop/start traffic and could also do nearly 45mpg on motorway runs - not bad from a 1.8 litre car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2003