UK’s Most Popular Used Car: The Ford Focus


Since the introduction of the Ford Focus in 1998, it has been one of the most popular cars sold across the world. Here in the UK, the Focus is the preferred family hatchback thanks to its affordability, reliability, and economy. But that’s not all. The Ford Focus is also the UK’s most popular used car.

For the better part of last six years, the Focus has topped the list for used car buyers. It wasn’t until last year that the Fiesta edged out the Focus for the best-selling used car. Though other cars may get more online searches or more inquiries at the dealer, the Focus is the car that ultimately ends up being purchased most often in the second-hand market. Information compiled by Jennings Ford Direct.

A Brief History of the Focus

The Focus was built as a replacement for the very popular Ford Escort of the 1980s and early 90s. Despite some initial apprehension, the Focus went on to win both the European and American Car of the Year awards in 1999. Fans of the car sang its praises for quality, technology, and even good looks. It became an instant hit in Britain where consumers were looking to downsize their vehicles in favour of fuel economy and easier urban driving.

The first generation of the Focus was manufactured between 1998 and 2004. The second generation, known as MK2 kicked off 2005. Ford took a couple of risks with the second-generation design, including avoiding any radical styling changes that might actually turn people away from the car they had come to love. They also put extra emphasis on safety with the MK2. The car earned a 5-Star rating for Euro NCAP crash tests.

Ford did not completely abandon styling changes for the entire history of the MK2, as evidenced by a fresh new look introduced in 2007. Improvements in fuel economy and emissions were also implemented in the 2007 model year.

In 2011, Ford introduced the third-generation of the Focus, which is the car we drive today. In fact, the third-generation and late second generation Focus models are the ones that dominate the used car market. The MK3 seized on all the technological and safety successes of the previous two generations but additionally offers an entirely different styling that is modern in every respect.

Buying a Used Focus

Top competitors of the Focus in the used car market include the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 308 and Renault Megane. Consumers who choose the Focus usually do so because they consider it a well-equipped family car. Ford’s strong network of local dealers in the UK also make buying and maintaining a used Focus as easy as can be.

You should note that there are different engines and trim packages available with the Focus. Expect to pay the least for a base model with a 1.6 L engine and a manual transmission. If you’re looking to go top of the range with a Titanium or Titanium X, you’ll spend considerably more. Be sure to purchase from a dealer so that you can take advantage of their expert service and any warranties they might offer.

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