Whether you are a private owner or a car dealer turning over multiple vehicles during the week, then according to James Ruppert (a used car expert), you could do a great deal worse than purchase a Ford Focus. In fact he goes as far to name it as his number one buy for both running costs and safety. When looking at the best car deals on the market, we need to consider what it is we actually need from a car and what we can do without.
First of all, he states that the Ford Focus has plenty of leg room and comfortable seats, this may not seem to be top of your list of priorities, but if you spend a great deal of time driving, it is certainly a consideration. As a family consisting of 5 people, I have sometimes struggled to find makers of cars that can handle all of us inside it in one go! With a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and height, both my partner and I are able to drive smoothly and securely.
If you are choosing a model from 2008 then you may be fortunate to have air con conditioning, fog lamps, iPod sockets, fuel saving devices and sports suspension. If you choose the Zetec model, then you also get a heated windscreen and alloy wheels, go one step further to the Zetec S and you can acquire cruise control, titanium trim and automatic wipers and lights.
Of course we can talk about all the extras until we are blue in the face, but the most important part and most desired part of any car is a reliable engine – no engine-no car. James Ruppert writes highly of both the 1.6 & 1.8 petrol engines, and although the diesel ones are more economical in the long run, the petrol engines are much more economical to buy in the first place.
If you were to choose the RS hatch back from the Ford range, then you would be acquiring what James calls a “modern classic”. Starting from £18,000 for a 2009 example, the RS has all the marks of an AMG and an M, without being over valued and over rated. When choosing a Ford Focus you are getting an agile and responsive car, whilst still having all the options available such as an economy version, a family car, or an out and out rogue!
Examples of Focus cars and what you would expect to pay
2.0 Zetec 62,000 miles – around £3,000
1.4 LX 5 door petrol model, 55,000 miles £4,000
1.8 TDCI, 09 diesel, 32,000 miles, £8,000
If you are in the business of looking for the best car deals on the market, then the American owned Ford Focus more than lives up to expectations. They may not have the best reputation for speed or style, but as for all round value for money and performance, they will be hard to beat. Insurance groups can vary greatly anywhere from group 10 for a 1.0 EcoBoost Edge 5d, to group 26 for a 1.6 EcoBoost Titanium X5d. In the Ford Focus what you see is what you get.