2019 Ford Focus review – The best handling family car? | What Car?

2019 Ford Focus review – The best handling family car? | What Car?


The Ford Focus has been a phenomenal sales success since it launched in 1998, and this fourth-generation model could be the best one yet. Is it better than a Volkswagen Golf or Skoda Octavia? Watch our video review to find out.

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100 Comments on "2019 Ford Focus review – The best handling family car? | What Car?"


  1. Well done Rebecca! Much more natural.. and congratulations too!! You look blooming marvellous with the bump!

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  2. The tiny boot looks like it would be insufficient for families with young kids. Just over half the size of the Octavia’s boot. I don’t think you’d fit a travel cot, pushchair and travel bags for a weekend away in the boot of the focus.

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  3. Congratulations Rebecca really happy for you and your family. The focus looks like a Hyundai i30 from the front. Ive sat in one and can agree on the interior, Really disappointed with poor quality seat materials. I also preferred look of previous Aston Martinesque version of focus. Overall Golf still rules the roost.

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  4. Great review – crap car 😂. Looks like a 2008 Mazda 3, plus only comes with the ecoboom engine range 💥. The MK3 Focus RS already trialed piston deactivation tech – the car fills its cylinders with engine coolant 😂😂

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  5. Rebecca could sell me anything and I would buy it! Interesting that the new Focus looks great but the new Fiesta is a boring let down!

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  6. The 2018 Subaru Impreza family hatchback is a far better car. The Focus is inferior in every way. As for everyone slobbering over this woman, get a grip she doesn't even know you.

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  7. The performance figures are disappointing, also not convinced with having cylinder deactivation on such a small engine.

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  8. They made it look just like any generic Korean car, what a shame! Also you should have mentioned the Renault Megane.

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  9. The build quality is awful ,see how the steering column moves and isn't fixed properly when she fixes the steering wheel . Typical Ford.

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  10. How come none of the reviewers ever mention the lack of air vents at the back when the competition have them?

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  11. Not impressed with the old Ford rattler build quality still lacking behind the very best plenty of room in the drivers seat for two i noticed best of luck with the baby Rebecca

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  12. You better look at the transmission if it has the duel clutch trans the getrag transmission that's y you don see this car on the road google fords getrag focus transmission problems the focus in the us is so bad other dealers don't want them on trade how dare the try to sell this piece of crap to the public

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  13. To need those comfy seats when your sitting on the side of the road waiting for a wrecker to take it to ford garage 2017focus worst junk ever 23k at 11k was oferd 6k on a trade that's if they could fix trans problems every body at service counter same problems service manager at ford told me they can't fix the trans problem so on rheas new cars better read up on transmission I won't buy a cat trans hats a belt driven constant velocity trans or a duel clutch computer controlled getrag trans there junk there trying to get the best gas mileage I get that. But if rather spend in gas than sit at the delers

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  14. Every class of car is getting so big; this Focus is no exception but despite this the boot is inadequate at only 375l; less than a VW Polo. I personally don't care about rear seat accommodation too much, but I need a large boot, so all those extra inches of length are used in the wrong place for me and make the car harder to park or see out of the back.
    Disappointing that this review didn't cover the different rear suspension (and gearbox) options that are fitted depending on whether the car is a lower or higher range model. I care about this and the resultant driving characteristics far more than cubby holes for snacks and the scratchiness of lower interior plastics that are always mentioned.
    Rebecca is an excellent presenter but What Car needs to do much better in its reviews. Car Wow does it much better…..

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  15. The exterior look of this car is terrible. The mark 2.5 was the best looking focus by a mile. Hardly seen any of these new ones out there so something has gone wrong.

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  16. I tested in Nice all 1.5 versions (ST LINE petrol SW with 182 bhp; the Titanium 120 bhp diesel; and the Vignale diesel with 150 bhp) and they were all very good. The Vignale is a real rival for the Golf…

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  17. 1:06 "Fiiirst" ahahahahah. WHy everyone is trying to push this very NON economical eco-boost engine, when we all know is far from economical in real world. The visibility on the back is compromised because you are very short, and you cant see anything. For a normal sized driver, it is not a problem. You should have mentioned that.

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  18. je m en fou de la ford!!!!ce n'est pas la voiture que je vois la, c'est la beauté qui l'a conduit…..

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  19. If you reach down n pull the rear bench seat itll flip forward then you can let back seats down and it will lay flat

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  20. Is the B&O sound system available on the normal st line ford focus as i see on the ford catalogue is shows it as an option for an extra fee?

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  21. Another car we don't get in the U.S. We were going to get the Focus Activ, then Ford Decided to keep that from the U.S. too. I had a 2012 Focus hatchback. Loved that car. Good power, handling, and versatility. Not to mention I could get 46.8 mpg (That's 39 mpg in the U.S.) on the interstate. Was thinking of trading for the new Focus or Focus Activ until Ford U.S. decided to axe it here. 😡 😡 😡. Ironic that an American car brand offers better cars in other countries than it's own. My Ford Escape (Kuga) will probably be my last Ford.

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  22. Why you keep comparing this to Skoda Octavia ? I drove these two the Octavia feels cheap compared to the ford

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  23. what happens if you sit in your lovely new ford focus in a garage with door closed engine running …… think before poisoning the world …

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  24. I have this exact focus same colour and spec. Now it had to go back to the dealer at 1500km for 2 new anti roll bar links now at 3000km thers something wrong with the gearbox it makes a clunking noise in 1st 2nd and 3rd gears the dealer replaced the clutch but that didnt fix it now ford ireland wont replace the gearbox only 2nd gear in the box? This is my 3rd new car and all have given trouble. Ive been driving 33 years and can say that cars are getting worse for reliability.

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  25. I have a Mk3 (2016) model, which is a great car. I would recommend the estate car version which has the same characteristics as the saloon, but with loads of room. I would certainly go for the 1.5L engine with a manual or torque-converter auto gearbox. Avoid the dual-clutch robotic box which is very jerky.

    Mine is a 1.5L estate with a torque-converter 6-gear auto, which can easily be used as a manual box (put it in S and shift the gears with the up-down button) for cross-country driving. In mountain driving, it has great handling, performance and gearing (when used in manual mode). Finish and quality is good (German-made). The down side is urban fuel economy (can be 6 to 7 km/l).

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  26. My 2019 ST line has to get a new gearbox at just 3000km and its taking 6 weeks to get the gearbox.

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  27. good video,do you do a review on a vauxhall astra j 5 door think of buying one elite model

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  28. 180 bhp and 8,9 sec 0-60? Its not good enough….a deal breaker for me… I test drove a preowned Volvo V40 T4 (190bhp) and it was fast, 0-60 in 6,8.

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  29. Good review Rebecca but recommend the Kuga, much better seating position/ better comfort/ space, and 100% better on Uk roads.

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