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2017 vs 2018 Ford Focus: How to choose the best used car for you

The Ford Focus has long been recognised as a top all-rounder compact vehicle. It was first released in 1988, succeeding the Ford Escort. The core appeal of the Ford Focus has not dwindled over the years and is one of the most recognisable vehicles on the road.

If you are looking to buy a used car, the Ford Focus is an easy choice that won’t let you down. Over the years, there have been a few versions of the Ford Focus so there are a number to choose from. It’s important to consider the different versions to find the best car for you. In this article, we will look into the differences between the Ford Focus 2017 and 2018 versions to help you find the best Ford vehicle for your needs.

In this guide:

Learn more about the various engine sizes and options available when you choose a 2017 or 2018 Ford Focus model.

Find out more about the interior features you can expect to find when buying either a used 2017 or 2018 Ford Focus model.

Learn more about the exterior features of both the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus models.

Find out more about the ongoing costs you can expect to pay including tax and CO2 emissions when purchasing a used Ford Focus.

Ford Focus 2017 vs 2018

Whilst the Ford Focus models from 2017 and 2018 may look and seem similar, they do have a few key differences. This is because Ford updates every iteration of the vehicle for each release. Both are great cars and still have all the features associated with the popular Ford Focus hatchback but they differ slightly in certain ways.

Engine sizes

The 2017 model is available with either a manual or automatic transmission and both petrol and diesel fuel options.

In terms of engine sizes, you can choose from:

  • 1.6 litre engine
  • 2.0 litre engine with four cylinders
  • 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine with three cylinders

The 2018 Ford Focus also comes in both manual and automatic transmission, with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

Engine choices include:

  • 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine
  • 1.5 litre petrol engine
  • 2.0 litre diesel engine

Interior features

The interior of the 2018 Ford Focus is slightly more spacious than its 2017 predecessor, with a wider cabin and larger middle seat. This is particularly useful when you have three passengers in the back.

Dimensions include:

  • 2018 Focus length: 4,534mm
  • 2018 Focus width: 1,824mm
  • 2017 Focus length: 4,397mm
  • 2017 Focus width: 1,844mm

The boot of both models is fairly similar:

  • 2017 model: 374 litres
  • 2018 model: 375 litres

Both have a good driving position but the 2018 model’s higher stance allows for more headroom.

Infotainment on both models includes:

  • Auxiliary audio input
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • Option to ad Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

However, the 2018 model boasts:

  • Ford Sync Communications & Entertainment system with enhanced voice recognition
  • 4.2” LCD display
  • AppLink
  • Smart-charging USB port and Bluetooth
  • Full carpet floor including carpet front floor mats

The basic equipment included in all Ford Focus hatchback models from between 2011-2018 as standard includes:

  • ABS
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Folding seats to rear
  • CD player
  • Electric front windows
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Electric mirrors
  • ISOfix child anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger’s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control

If you’re looking for a hot hatch, the Ford Focus ST trim level provides a sporty car and features such as recaro seats and a rear spoiler.

Exterior features

The exteriors of both the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus models are sleek and recognisable. The 2017 model has the trademark grille and hawk-eye headlights that the Ford Focus is known for.

The newer 2018 Ford Focus exterior also features the grille and lights you would expect but also lets you choose between ten stylish and exciting colour options.

Both models come with:

  • Halogen headlights
  • LED signature lighting and daytime running lights
  • Rear high-mounted spoilers

In the 2018 model of the car, the bonnet is longer and more powerful, the cabin sits further back and has backwards slanting A-Pillars.

Ongoing costs

The ongoing costs that come with your used Ford Focus, including tax and insurance, will depend on the option and engine option that you choose.

The standard tax rate is around £150 if paid annually, or £82.50 when paid in six-monthly instalments, but there are also monthly options. This can differ depending on what tax bracket your car is in, for example, the Style and Zetec models are in groups A-F, while the Titanium is in A-G and the ST in G-J.

You can find out more about the ongoing tax costs for Ford Focus models by reading our guide here.

The emissions from the Ford Focus, again, depend on your engine size. The most economical model is the 103bhp 1.5 litre TDCi diesel, which is found in the Ford ECOnetic models, which have CO2 emissions of 88g/km.

You can find out more about Ford Focus emissions in our guides by clicking here.

The cost of the used Ford Focus you choose, whether you pay the full cost of the car or you choose a finance package, will depend on the trim level you choose. Ford Focus models from both 2017 and 2018 are available in a range of trims including the Style, Zetec, Titanium and Vignale. Each trim has it’s own features and benefits so this is something that should be considered before choosing your car.

The verdict

Both the 2017 and 2018 Ford Focus are a great choice for a used car. They are nice to drive, have a sleek exterior and interior and aren’t too expensive to run.

At TC Harrison, we have a range of used Ford models in stock so contact your local dealer to find out more about the options and deals available.