Ford Focus (2018 – present) | Expert Rating


The Ford Focus is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate. The current model was launched in the middle of 2018, and is the fourth generation of a highly-successful model in the Ford family.

There is a hot-hatch performance model called the Focus ST, and a lifestyle-oriented high-riding version called the Focus Active. We are building separate pages for all these versions, so check back soon.

The Ford Focus has received good scores compared to its rivals from most UK media sources, and has been widely praised for its driving dynamics and (optional) advanced safety systems.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the current Ford Focus ranked 38th. Diesel versions didn’t make the top 50. In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Focus (both petrol and diesel models) in ninth place on its list of the most reliable family cars.

The Focus range was given a mid-life facelift in early 2022, consisting of some exterior tweaks and new interior hardware.

As of April 2022, the Ford Focus holds an Expert Rating of 76%, based on 44 published reviews. This collection of reviews includes scores for both pre-facelift and post-facelift models, and we expect to see further post-facelift reviews published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points over time.

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £22,215 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2019

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Eco rating

No eco rating

The Ford Focus has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Focus is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Focus has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car to Drive


  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car


  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car
  • Great British Fleet Awards – Best New Car + Best Lower Medium Fleet Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
  • Towcar of the Year Awards – Winner, Caravan Weight 1300kg – 1400kg + Best Family Towcar categories


  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
  • carwow Awards – Family Award

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