Our expert's reviews of the Ford Focus
2021 Ford Focus Active review
The Ford Focus has struggled to grab the attention of buyers in Australia. That's a shame, because even the activewear-wearing Active is a good thing.
12 Jul 21
2021 Ford Focus Active v Mazda CX-30 comparison
Want a small SUV but prefer a car-like drive? The Ford Focus Active and Mazda CX-30 are two of the very best – but which is our pick?
20 Jun 21
2021 Ford Focus review
The Focus ST-Line is one of the best-kept secrets in the small car class, offering warm hatch performance and dynamics with a dash of class.
04 Jun 21
2020 Ford Focus ST automatic v manual: Dragparison
The hot hatch battle is heating up. We compare the Ford Focus ST manual against the automatic, drag race them, sound check them and then drag race the Volkswagen Golf GTI!
16 Jun 20
2020 Ford Focus ST automatic review
It's the first time Ford has offered the petrol Focus ST hot hatch with an automatic transmission. That's a good thing, right? We find out!
13 Jun 20
All the latest Ford Focus news
Every car discontinued in 2022
This year, we said goodbye to some thrifty hybrids, hot hatchbacks, cute drop-tops, and some budget-friendly fare.
31 Dec 22
Future Fords to be 'more American', Focus getting the axe
European Focus production is ending as Ford pivots to a more SUV-centric line-up with more American styling and potentially higher margins.
12 Dec 22
Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST axed from Australian line-up
Two of the best hot hatches money can buy are being retired from Australian showrooms, as stock shortages bite and Ford focuses on volume.
05 Aug 22
Ford Focus' future in doubt beyond 2025
The German plant that produces the Ford Focus is expected to close in 2025, casting doubt on the small car's future.
23 Jun 22
Ford Focus production to be reduced - report
Ford is reportedly reducing production of its Focus range, leading to speculation its plant could be shuttered.
07 Jun 22
Ford Fiesta and Focus recalled
A potential oil leak in 2019-22 Ford Fiesta and Focus models could lead to an engine fire.
11 May 22
Ford Focus ST-3 delivered to customers without advertised features
Owners have said they've taken delivery of special edition Ford Focus ST-3s, only to find they're missing advertised features.
13 Apr 22
2022 Ford Focus ST delayed, won't use smaller screen
Ford Australia is delaying the launch of the Focus ST, and won't substitute in an older infotainment system to get it here sooner.
06 Apr 22
2022 Ford Focus ST could lose big touchscreen due to Ukraine invasion
Ford has been forced to produce the updated Focus with its older, smaller touchscreen in Europe, though it's unclear yet if Australia is affected.
17 Mar 22
Every car discontinued in 2021
In 2021, we lost two brands and 18 nameplates in the Australian market, and there were a handful of other discontinuations worth noting.
01 Jan 22
2022 Ford Focus ST price and specs
The updated Ford Focus ST performance range-topper has been detailed ahead of its 2022 launch in Australia.
21 Dec 21
The best cars nobody’s buying
Whether it's a lack of supply or a lack of buyer awareness, these 10 new cars simply don't sell well in Australia... and they ought to.
30 Oct 21
2022 Ford Focus revealed, not for Australia
The Blue Oval's popular hatchback is going big on tech to battle the VW Golf in Europe, with fresh looks and new mild-hybrid engine options.
15 Oct 21
Ford Focus: Non-ST range culled in Australia
Ford has culled the Focus ST-Line and Active for 2022, moving to an ST-only range on the back of slow sales.
14 Oct 21
2022 Ford Focus ST confirmed for Australia
The 2022 Ford Focus ST has a sharp new look, more technology than before, and a two-tier range for Australia.
14 Oct 21
2022 Ford Focus facelift spied up close
The Ford Focus is set to receive a mid-life update in 2022 that'll feature a restyled front end.
17 Aug 21
2019 Ford Focus recalled
Ford has recalled the 2019 Focus to fix a problem with a transmission stud that could chafe on the engine wiring loom.
17 May 21
2021 Ford Focus ST-3 price and specs
Ford's hot hatch has been given a new, limited-run flagship chock full of equipment... that used to be standard on the regular model.
20 Apr 21
2022 Ford Focus spied
It's mid-cycle facelift time for the Ford Focus, with visual tweaks including a slimmer grille and headlights.
16 Mar 21
2022 Ford Focus facelift spied
Ford is giving its Focus range a mid-life nip-and-tuck, with slimmer-looking headlights and tail lights and daytime running lights resembling those of the Mondeo.
03 Feb 21
2021 Ford Focus price and specs
The Ford Focus has picked up some additional equipment for 2021, though the sporty ST has lost its blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The range opens at $30,990 before on-road costs.
19 Jan 21
Hold off buying your new hot hatch: These pocket rockets are coming soon
Belt-up for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, BMW 128ti, Skoda Octavia RS, Audi S3, Hyundai i20 N, Toyota GR Yaris Rallye, and updated versions of the Renault Megane R.S and Hyundai i30 N.
12 Oct 20
2019 Ford Focus recalled
The MY19 Ford Focus range has been recalled for a potential stalling issue, affecting more than 2700 vehicles in Australia.
28 Sep 20
Five iconic greens of the car world
Our resident green car connoisseur counts down some of the most iconic shades of green in automotive history – which is your favourite?
05 Sep 20
2021 Ford Focus range slashed
Ford will roll out a more tightly-focused hatchback range in December this year, killing a number of variants for the 2021 model year.
05 Jun 20
Ford Focus ST through the generations
As the Ford Focus ST enters its fourth generation, we take a look back at the hot hatch's history.
21 May 20
2020 Ford Focus price and specs
The fourth generation of the Ford Focus offers everything from a crossover-style hatch to a sporty wagon and a cracking hot hatch, with prices starting at $25,990 before on-road costs.
21 May 20
Ford Focus ST hybrid under consideration - in next-gen guise
Fines for exceeding emissions targets in Europe are so great that they killed the Focus RS, and in future they'll likely necessitate an electrified Focus ST replacement.
20 May 20
Ford Focus ST AWD ruled out
There's no all-paw version of the Focus ST coming as a replacement for the retired RS, says Ford. It says there's simply no need, with the new front diff and sticky tyres.
20 May 20
Farewell, Ford Focus RS
Goodbye Focus RS, we barely knew thee. Emissions standards and a steep development cost spell the end for Ford's hatchback hero.
21 Apr 20
Ford Focus Safety Rating
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Owner's reviews of the Ford Focus
2018 Ford Focus TITANIUM owner review
C Maher purchased this Ford Focus used for $20,990 (including all on-road costs) in 2022. C Maher would buy this car again because: "I would absolutely buy this car again. The Focus is the perfect car for me and ticks all the boxes. It looks very dynamic and modern, handles flawlessly, and has all the features I could need. More exotic than your Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato, or Toyota Corolla. "
28 Jul 23
2015 Ford Focus ST2 owner review
Sam purchased this Ford Focus used for $28,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2021. Sam would buy this car again because: "Yes, I would buy it again. My Focus ST is an excellent compromise between being a practical and comfortable car for weekly duties, while being a pleasure to carve some corners with over the weekends. So far, if it's been a packed full airport pickup, winding road of Apollo Bay or countless freeway trips, the ST has handled all with ease and pleasure."
03 Mar 22
2013 Ford Focus Sport owner review
Cameron M purchased this Ford Focus used for $5500 (including all on-road costs) in 2021. Cameron M would buy this car again because: "I’d buy the Focus again, as I have 3 times already, because it’s such a perfect car. It handles perfectly, drives smoothly, looks very modern for its age, and is always a head turner. The LW Focus was definitely a once in a lifetime thing. "
06 Jan 22