2010 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Generic text book example of a car
Wheel bearings, springs front and back, exhaust back box.
Radio fades in and out, probably aerial damaged/giving up, not bothered as I always have a CD on.
Engine a little noisier now but no problems, gearbox is also solid. I did every oil change on time and belt change/inspection.
Cosmetically, no major rust apart from a small blister on the wing. Bonnet is slightly faded. Alloy wheels looking rough, need a professional refurbishment.
Only broke down once due to a flat battery that I should have replaced as it was the original and getting very old, so my fault.
This 2010 Focus has been my main transport for seven years. I like the car but my original thought when buying it was it was nothing more than basic transport. To be fair it has been just that and done its job without too much hassle; it is a very easy car to live with.
The dark blue metallic paint with the alloy wheels looks very sharp, and the car has good looks for a run of the mill car. I reckon if it had been less common, people would noticed more how good this car looks. One of the best generation of Focus's looks wise in my opinion.
Inside the dash looks weird. The top half looks like a spaceship, the bottom looks like it is from the 1990's. It's like two generations of dashboard in one. Very dull and grey. Zetec model has lots of equipment and is very comfortable though.
Not a car to drive for the fun of it, but the 1.6 petrol has good acceleration and economy. You can expect around 40 miles per gallon on average. I've heard the diesel versions do in excess of 50 miles per gallon, which is wonderful but apparently they are expensive to fix and not quite as reliable as a petrol engine in this car. Gear change is smooth and the car handles very nicely.
Really hard to say anymore about it. I've had lots of cars, going back to the 1980's, which also included an Escort. Of course this Focus is light years ahead of that. But is just such a dull modern car with no character. Easy to live with, and the above problems were mostly wear and tear expected of the mileage on any car. Highly recommended if you want hassle free motoring and cheap repairs; do not expect anything exciting unless you go for the faster versions.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th May, 2021
16th Jul 2021, 19:20
A Vauxhall Astra from the same time period is similar. Dull cars, but reliable if looked after. All cars in the family hatchback segment are the same nowadays.
13th Dec 2021, 17:46
Agreed, the Focus is a fine car, but they are all the same nowadays, certainly cars in the family hatchback segment. As long as you find a good looked after one buying used, it is hard to go wrong.