2000 Ford Focus Ghia 1.8 litre from UK and Ireland
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
13th Jul 2004, 16:56
No they still haven't fixed the seats. I have a facelift (52 registered) model and I suffer from pins and needles in my thighs and hip, a "dead" left leg, and sore back after around 100 miles. And I'm a fit, healthy 28 year old!
Seems odd that the rest of the car is clearly so well thought out and the actual driving position superb, but the seats themselves are appalling. The 1994 Peugeot 306 I was running about in before this was a massively more comfortable long distance car.
22nd Dec 2005, 06:11
Regarding the seats, I thought it was just me who found them as comfortable as sitting on an old milk crate, they really are terrible. The seats in my old Escort in comparison were fantastic, may be I should have kept them. :)