Ford Focus (2014 - 2018)

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1.5 Tdci Titanium X

reviewed by Anonymous on 25 January 2021
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Experience at the dealership
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

It's never left me stranded but has had multiple costly issues

Bought this at 2.5yrs old with 42k miles. Impressive levels of tech for the time, the diesel engine was EU6-rated and VED was free. Averages around 54mpg in mixed driving, but on a 3,350 mile round trip from Glasgow to the far side of Poland and back, averaged around 61mpg, fully-laden and doing motorway speed limits with the air con on. Engine has never let me down, previous Citroens gave me endless DPF issues. However, interior build quality was slightly disappointing, with inconsistent gaps and storage units not quite closing properly. I've also had numerous really expensive repairs which were particularly disappointing for the age and mileage. Electric power steering control module failed at 3.5yrs and about 52k miles, required whole new rack which was about £1,100. Ford repeatedly told me failed air con had no leaks and charged for refill but it would fail again a week later. Air con specialist eventually fixed it by replacing leaky condenser, but cost me £750 in lengthy investigation and repair costs. Tyre valves seem to need replacing all the time as they leak and trigger tyre pressure monitoring warning. Adaptive headlights now giving me issues with one routinely going into safe mode and pointing to verge until I stop, when it corrects itself - am told this might require a £700 replacement headlamp unit that Ford need to program into the ECU. And now the parking sensors have failed, which also stops the auto parking function from working. All-in-all, although it's never left me stranded, it's been far less reliable than I expected from buying a relatively new, low-mileage car and repairs have all been much more expensive than I hoped. Ford forums suggest many of these issues are not uncommon.

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Price£31,680
Road TaxA–F
MPG44.8–83.1 mpg
Real MPG71.6%

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