2011 Ford Focus Edge TDCi 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Oil and belt changes (basic servicing).
Exhaust fell off (back box); replaced for a fair price.
Major work to brakes and suspension at last MOT test.
Cosmetically has seen better days, but it is 10 years old now. Air con is useless, may just need a re-gas, but I'm not going to bother as it is winter now.
A decent car that I did not have great expectations for, but turned out to be OK. Very similar and fun to drive handling wise, much like my old 2005 Volvo S40, which these cars are apparently based on the same platform. The Volvo felt more refined and expensive than the Ford however, but both are similar to drive.
I like this Focus in blue with the alloy wheels; the Edge model has enough electric equipment for me. Interior is cleverly designed if a bit cramped, and visibility is good.
The 1.6 diesel engine is fast enough, but not as good on fuel as I had expected - the manufacturer claims over 60 MPG, but I get 50 on average, even on a good day, unloaded and serviced on time. I suspect they all exaggerate MPG claims, though interestingly most cars I have had before I got the combined average as claimed, but not out of this car unfortunately. Still, over 50 MPG for a 10 year diesel is good going and still economical to run today in 2021. Tax, repairs and insurance have also been very cheap.
In general it has been an easy car to own and run. If you are looking for a used modern hatchback yourself for little cash, these Ford Focus's make a good choice for basic transport, if you find a looked after one. Shop around for a friendly local mechanic to keep costs down as well and you are onto a winner; had mine 6 years with no major complaints.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2021