It’s hard to fault the Focus on value for money. The trim level below our Zetec test car provides a cheap entry point for private buyers on a budget.

The entry-level, £19,695 Studio Econetic version is offered only with an 103bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine and which is trimmed with Ford's basic infotainment system, manual air conditioning, low rolling resistance tyres and steel wheels. They are likely to be a rare sight.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Residual values will be mid-class, but few other mainstream rivals can match the Focus in this area

Upgrading from Zetec Edition to ST-Line gets you sports suspension and 17in alloy wheels, which would be worth it on both counts, we reckon, and as an added bonus all models above Zetec Edition benefits from Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system with its 8.0in touchscreen screen, DAB radio, sat nav and, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Predicted residuals may be second to the premium brands and anything built by the Volkswagen Group, but they are a cut above the Mazda 3, Nissan Pulsar, Toyota Auris and Vauxhall Astra.

Lease rates look competitive, too, while Ford’s success in getting fleet companies to accept that cars with sat-nav will be worth more at resale adds further value. Carbon dioxide emissions are competitive for both the 1.5 TDCi and the more powerful 2.0 TDCi – and for manual and Powershift automatic cars. The 95bhp, 103bhp and 118bhp 1.5-litre TDCi variants sneak under the 100g/km CO2 barrier - at 88 and 99g/km respectively, which will be popular choices with company car drivers. It is also worth noting the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine producing 98bhp and 99g/km of CO2.

Ford claims a combined fuel economy figure of 74.3mpg for our 1.5-litre TDCi 118bhp test car. However, our True MPG testers recorded a real-world average return of 58.5mpg, which still just pips the Seat Leon 1.6 TDI's 57mpg.  

 

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