Jump to content
Do Not Sell My Personal Information


Recommended Posts

I'm looking to buy a Ford Focus and would like your advice and help.

We're a family four and the kids are going to be very tall very fast so the extra leg room will be welcome.

I haven't owned a car for the last 15 years, just hiring one when needed or using the car club cars from time to time so I'm way out of my depth when it comes to all the standard gadgetry and stuff. I'll be doing mainly short city trips with longer weekend drives and a once or twice a year extended trip. (but even that doesn't mean much since I grew up in Australia where a trip across town could be 2 hours each way) 

I'm looking at a 2018-2019 manual petrol but that's about as far as I've managed to whittle it down.

I cannot seem to figure out what the differences are between the different trims (zetec, st-line, titanium) and how to tell which version of the centre console is in each individual car - some 2018s seem to have the later version and some 2019s seem to have the older version.  Does anyone do a real side by side comparison of the specifications with checkboxes? 

And then, what do I actually want? I know I don't care about sat nav as long as I can hook into Android/Apple Car. Keyfree type things are nice but not necessary and a sure fire way to ensure that I lose my keys. Rain sensing wipers seem a bit of overkill when you live in Scotland and they're generally going to just be on anyway.

Any tips? Anything I should be looking for?

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 78
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

And this is exactly what I'm picking up in less than 2 hours. Was initially looking for the ST Line X, but came across a 68 plate Vignale 182ps in black by chance. Loved the look and decided that

Bhp only sells cars.  It's torque you need for towing! It is only a measly 150bhp in the standard 2.0 EcoBlue but has about 30% more torque than the 150bhp EcoBoost.  It's the torque that would

Yeah it’s a 1.0. After I posted that, I had a look around, sounds like it’s a common fault with the 1.0. Some even said it got stuck in limp mode. At least @Alex.S should be okay then as his is the 1.

Posted Images

1 hour ago, kerstilee said:

.. Rain sensing wipers seem a bit of overkill when you live in Scotland and they're generally going to just be on anyway.

 

Great comment LOL 😁 Welcome to the forum and I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions soon.

Link to post
Share on other sites

The MK4 Focus came out in 2018 but you'll also be getting some late registered Mk3s come up which explains the centre console.

Basically the MK4 is the one with the iPad type dash.  Mk3 had the more integrated screen.  You'll need Sync3 for Apple CarPlay which all the Mk4s have.

Zetec is the basic trim.  ST-Line is a sporty looking trim with fewer interior comforts.  Titanium is a comfort trim without sporty looks.

The 'X' adds larger wheels, privacy glass and half leather seats to each trim.

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you get a MK4 I think they all come with rain sensing, whatever the spec.  You can set them to be basic variable rather than rain sense if you want to.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I'll stick my long neck out and suggest a Mk3 over the MK4 any day of the week. Yes the MK 4 in ST Line x and Vignale both have the looks but from a personal point of view I'd rather have my MK3 Zetec Navigatior than my current St Line X. Ok they both Diesel and not what the OP is quite looking for but perhaps others on here can argue the toss over which petrol engine would suit.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a paper copy of the MK4 2018-2019 brochure somewhere, so if there is anything specific that you need to know I can check for you.

I have rain sensing wipers that I never use because they are not that good and I disabled my keyless entry shortly after getting my car. 

I would recommend one with a rear view camera if you can get one.

As for the engines, most have the 1.0 petrol in different power outputs but the 1.5 was my choice but they were limited to higher spec models.

Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, StephenFord said:

Odd how everyone is so focused on 'rain sensing' wipers when the OP has stated it's the one feature he's not interested in LOL 🤣

I think Guy was suggesting the OP couldn't avoid them on a Mk4 but could disable them...however the sight & light pack was only standard on Titanium & above (as it has been since the Mk2) so they can still be avoided if desired.  Zetec & ST-Line don't get them... :smile: 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well all I can say is I'm very pleased and happy with my 2.0 diesel Automatic, Titanium X. It never does less than 43 MPG even round town (which these days is about the only trips it does). On decent runs it returns 48 - 51 MPG.

It has all the daily toys you could need, and yes it does have rain sensing wipers that you can turn off 🤣.

The only thing that is missing is the reverse camera which is a real pity 🙁. One day I hope to be able to find away to fit one.

Link to post
Share on other sites

8 minutes ago, unofix said:

The only thing that is missing is the reverse camera which is a real pity 🙁. One day I hope to be able to find away to fit one.

Judging by the number of threads on here on how to retrofit a reversing camera, it involves alot of buyer remorse on not getting a car with it already fitted. So, if you're in a position of not having bought the car yet, it would definitely be on my shopping list. Though I have retro fitted one to my old Mk2 which works via my Garmin SatNav. Fitting one to anything more modern is not a simple task!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Reverse camera is part of the convenience pack on the Mk4 Focus.  Comes with park-assist and door edge protectors.  ~£500 option currently. 

Only standard on the Vignale but not uncommon as an optional extra from the used ones I've seen.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Plenty of issues with the MK4, mine included. Nothing major, just niggles, but it seems to have been rushed out.

Try getting a late MK3.5.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve not driven the 1L mk4s but if buying used see if u can find a 1.5L petrol engine for that extra power , also The manual gearbox in the 1L is different/inferior to the bigger engine models apparently. 150ps or 182ps would be my minimum. 
Biggest tip tho...get an automatic! Unless your rally driving 

Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, TomsFocus said:

Reverse camera is part of the convenience pack on the Mk4 Focus.  Comes with park-assist and door edge protectors.  ~£500 option currentl

£500 . The door protectors are meant to be flimsy crap , park assist (I’ve not tried but jury’s still out) the reverse camera is ok as long as it’s not raining! Yet I still want these things. Definitely the camera if they sort out it’s rain issues 

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/20/2021 at 4:53 PM, kerstilee said:

I'm looking to buy a Ford Focus and would like your advice and help.

We're a family four and the kids are going to be very tall very fast so the extra leg room will be welcome.

I haven't owned a car for the last 15 years, just hiring one when needed or using the car club cars from time to time so I'm way out of my depth when it comes to all the standard gadgetry and stuff. I'll be doing mainly short city trips with longer weekend drives and a once or twice a year extended trip. (but even that doesn't mean much since I grew up in Australia where a trip across town could be 2 hours each way) 

I'm looking at a 2018-2019 manual petrol but that's about as far as I've managed to whittle it down.

I cannot seem to figure out what the differences are between the different trims (zetec, st-line, titanium) and how to tell which version of the centre console is in each individual car - some 2018s seem to have the later version and some 2019s seem to have the older version.  Does anyone do a real side by side comparison of the specifications with checkboxes? 

And then, what do I actually want? I know I don't care about sat nav as long as I can hook into Android/Apple Car. Keyfree type things are nice but not necessary and a sure fire way to ensure that I lose my keys. Rain sensing wipers seem a bit of overkill when you live in Scotland and they're generally going to just be on anyway.

Any tips? Anything I should be looking for?

 

The Vignale is really nice, it is the top of the range, we looked at one of them at arnold clark in Ayr but the Mrs preferred the more sporty look of the st-line x edition 155 mhev

Here is a pic of the vignale at Ayr

Screenshot_20210319_124100.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, gordonroy said:

The Vignale is really nice, it is the top of the range, we looked at one of them at arnold clark in Ayr but the Mrs preferred the more sporty look of the st-line x edition 155 mhev

Here is a pic of the vignale at Ayr

Screenshot_20210319_124100.jpg

And this is exactly what I'm picking up in less than 2 hours. Was initially looking for the ST Line X, but came across a 68 plate Vignale 182ps in black by chance.

Loved the look and decided that's the model I wanted. Bit of luxury as I get older. Can't remember who said it on another thread, but they said it was like driving a yacht! 🙂

Link to post
Share on other sites

Jason56d - A fantastic car, I'm sure you will love it. If its the car in the photo then I see it was registered by Arnold Clark Glasgow "SF68......." I reckon that dealership must sell the most cars in the country. I live in Durham and ended up buying my Focus from Arnold Clark in Glasgow, they even transported it down to me for free.

Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, unofix said:

 maybe an Escort Popular or push the boat out and go for the 'Popular Plus'  🤣

...now, the 'Plus', that comes with a heater and push button radio, right? LOL

Link to post
Share on other sites

Plus = Heated Rear Screen and a Hazard light switch - but sorry "No" radio you need to move all the way up to a "GL" spec before you can have a MW / LW radio 😀

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.






×
×
  • Create New...

Forums


News


Membership