The Focus replaced Ford's legendary Escort model in 1997, though didn't reach Australia until 2002 - when it was substituted for the Laser as the Blue Oval brand's local small-car entrant. Despite its many positive attributes, and favourable press reviews, the Focus has never managed to achieve the kind of popularity it has enjoyed in Europe and the UK. However, hot-hatch versions of the Ford Focus, especially the flagship RS version, have established plenty of credibility among driving enthusiasts.
Comfortable ride and good handling of regular Focus models
Good performance and efficiency of latest turbo engines
ST and RS hot-hatch variants fun to drive
A heavy car by segment standards
Powershift auto reliability concerns
Older non-turbo petrol engines lack punch
Cabin quality of older generations
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.