what car next? - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HotUKDeals, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HotUKDeals app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

what car next?

£0.00 @ Next
MY missus has been driving Ford Focus's for years now. She's had a 53 plate, 08 plate and our latest is a 13 plate. I also had a w reg and an 02. So we've seen plenty of focus. What would anyone r… Read More
joxeruk2000 Avatar
7m, 4d agoPosted 7 months, 4 days ago
MY missus has been driving Ford Focus's for years now. She's had a 53 plate, 08 plate and our latest is a 13 plate. I also had a w reg and an 02. So we've seen plenty of focus.

What would anyone recommend looking at? It's going to get some miles put on it with mon-fri commute to work. Needs to be 5 door and have at least a 1.6 engine.

Thanks
Tags:
Other Links From Next:
joxeruk2000 Avatar
7m, 4d agoPosted 7 months, 4 days ago
Options

All Responses

(28) Jump to unreadPost an answer
Responses/page:
#1
Why not stick with a Focus if it serves you well?

Any reason for 1.6l?

IMO diesel will be better for the long mileage.
#2
Merc c63 Amg
banned#3
Tesla model s.
Get off ice engines asap
#4
CaptCShadow
Why not stick with a Focus if it serves you well?

Any reason for 1.6l?

IMO diesel will be better for the long mileage.


I don't like the focus. The one we have is awful to drive.
#5
CaptCShadow
Why not stick with a Focus if it serves you well?
Any reason for 1.6l?
IMO diesel will be better for the long mileage.
Agree, why not get a diesel if doing so many miles.

Possibly consider a Skoda Octavia.
#6
joxeruk2000
The one we have is awful to drive.

The Focus is generally considered one of the best cars to drive in it's class so can you expand on which aspect of it you don't like?

Also, in these days of multiple turbochargers engine capacity doesn't mean a lot in terms of power. The most powerful sub-1.6L on the focus, for example, outputs 182 bhp.
#7
Aston Martin DB11. But seriously give us a budget and that'd be something to work with. It's a major factor after all.
#8
ConnectQ
Aston Martin DB11. But seriously give us a budget and that'd be something to work with. It's a major factor after all.
He said 5 door :)

Edited By: jcodonne on Oct 24, 2016 10:34
#9
All I will say is get something comfortable with nice quality seats and heated ones.
#10
How about an Alfa Giulietta, no idea about the diesel engines but on my cloverleaf I'm getting around 40-42mpg when on motorway with cruise control on. Dealer servicing costs have been very good although again can only comment on 1st service (2 year interval) which was £150 (I normally change after around 2.5 years). My fathers Skoda was around the same for year 1 but then £210 for year two. Great spec listings with hardly any extras to list in comparison to quite a few others standard spec is good without having to loadup on the extras list. I'm on my third but again do note never had one longer than 2.5 years and only once had an issue which I didn't even know it had but they found during service (Engine Oil Cooler working outside of tolerance levels) which they gave me a lift home (rather than taking a Fiat 500 for a night) and then delivered a brand new car the next morning with 8 miles on the clock as a curtsey car. Only down side so far has been it eating tyres although some "spirited driving" could be to blame along with "C class" roads commute (last two also ate tyres). Had a Mazda 3 about 7 years ago (basically a focus back then) found them to have higher standard specs than the Focus without having to dip into the extras lists again although found dealer servicing costs to be quite high again no comment on diesel engines was petrol MPS model (kinda of the first Focus ST).

Edited By: cecilmcroberts on Oct 24, 2016 11:37
#11
Don't get a 2.0TDCi Mondeo, god to drive but a **** and expensive to fix. :)

Octavia or Fabia will most likely be my next car. Then again since the 1st time i said that i've had two Escorts and Two Mondeos. So maybe not :)

Edited By: mclovin9091 on Oct 24, 2016 11:51
#12
EndlessWaves
joxeruk2000
The one we have is awful to drive.

The Focus is generally considered one of the best cars to drive in it's class so can you expand on which aspect of it you don't like?

Also, in these days of multiple turbochargers engine capacity doesn't mean a lot in terms of power. The most powerful sub-1.6L on the focus, for example, outputs 182 bhp.



Ours is a 1.0L turbo. Don't like the steering. Feels like I'm fighting the wheel even on straight roads. Tracking is fine and tyre pressures. At 60mph it vibrates excessively. I hate it but I don't drive it too often and the missus doesn't seem to mind
#13
ConnectQ
Aston Martin DB11. But seriously give us a budget and that'd be something to work with. It's a major factor after all.


About 11'500 max but that doesn't mean I want to be at the top end of the budget.
#14
golf diesel
#15
cecilmcroberts
How about an Alfa Giulietta, no idea about the diesel engines but on my cloverleaf I'm getting around 40-42mpg when on motorway with cruise control on. Dealer servicing costs have been very good although again can only comment on 1st service (2 year interval) which was £150 (I normally change after around 2.5 years). My fathers Skoda was around the same for year 1 but then £210 for year two. Great spec listings with hardly any extras to list in comparison to quite a few others standard spec is good without having to loadup on the extras list. I'm on my third but again do note never had one longer than 2.5 years and only once had an issue which I didn't even know it had but they found during service (Engine Oil Cooler working outside of tolerance levels) which they gave me a lift home (rather than taking a Fiat 500 for a night) and then delivered a brand new car the next morning with 8 miles on the clock as a curtsey car. Only down side so far has been it eating tyres although some "spirited driving" could be to blame along with "C class" roads commute (last two also ate tyres). Had a Mazda 3 about 7 years ago (basically a focus back then) found them to have higher standard specs than the Focus without having to dip into the extras lists again although found dealer servicing costs to be quite high again no comment on diesel engines was petrol MPS model (kinda of the first Focus ST).


Are you just leasing the cars then? Not sure leasing would be best for my missus she's a social worker so plenty of miles on the clock. We live about 8 miles from Rotherham and she has to commute to chesterfield/Derbyshire. Then visits etc
#16
joxeruk2000
cecilmcroberts
How about an Alfa Giulietta, no idea about the diesel engines but on my cloverleaf I'm getting around 40-42mpg when on motorway with cruise control on. Dealer servicing costs have been very good although again can only comment on 1st service (2 year interval) which was £150 (I normally change after around 2.5 years). My fathers Skoda was around the same for year 1 but then £210 for year two. Great spec listings with hardly any extras to list in comparison to quite a few others standard spec is good without having to loadup on the extras list. I'm on my third but again do note never had one longer than 2.5 years and only once had an issue which I didn't even know it had but they found during service (Engine Oil Cooler working outside of tolerance levels) which they gave me a lift home (rather than taking a Fiat 500 for a night) and then delivered a brand new car the next morning with 8 miles on the clock as a curtsey car. Only down side so far has been it eating tyres although some "spirited driving" could be to blame along with "C class" roads commute (last two also ate tyres). Had a Mazda 3 about 7 years ago (basically a focus back then) found them to have higher standard specs than the Focus without having to dip into the extras lists again although found dealer servicing costs to be quite high again no comment on diesel engines was petrol MPS model (kinda of the first Focus ST).
Are you just leasing the cars then? Not sure leasing would be best for my missus she's a social worker so plenty of miles on the clock. We live about 8 miles from Rotherham and she has to commute to chesterfield/Derbyshire. Then visits etc

No I'm not leasing. They always do a deal (or normally for new customers also) 50% or over deposit and then 0% Fiance over 24/36/48 months. My tradein is always worth at least 50% and I pay off the rest. Normally also for existing customers they sometimes give you a gift card of the price of a new car and I normally preorder before the release. Found so far that after release the pricing goes up in comparison to the pre-order price. For existing customers they also give you the choice of any offer that they have had in the past year also for the car.
#17
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 tsi, within your budget 5 door and performs like a 2 litre and good fuel economy too or a 2 litre diesel golf.
#18
Civic 1.6 diesel - decent acceleration and potentially over 70mpg in real world driving if you have a light foot.
#19
If you're used to a Focus then the majority of cars will be better options. What's your budget ?

If you're staying cheap, I'd stick with the VAG group. If you want to step outside of that, take a look at the Jag XF, that's now a very affordable car.
#20
joxeruk2000
EndlessWaves
joxeruk2000
The one we have is awful to drive.
The Focus is generally considered one of the best cars to drive in it's class so can you expand on which aspect of it you don't like?
Also, in these days of multiple turbochargers engine capacity doesn't mean a lot in terms of power. The most powerful sub-1.6L on the focus, for example, outputs 182 bhp.
Ours is a 1.0L turbo. Don't like the steering. Feels like I'm fighting the wheel even on straight roads. Tracking is fine and tyre pressures. At 60mph it vibrates excessively. I hate it but I don't drive it too often and the missus doesn't seem to mind
Not being a snob or awkward and I say it as it is............. got the same 1litre as you, handles brilliantly and drives like a 1.6... i had to buy the half console though or my leg rubbed against the full console. Cant fault it really, average 45 mpg and 60 on a run . £30 to tax,, whats not to like.. oh and before that i had a c class merc..... must be sometrhing wrong with yours.... mines a 14 and im a pain for rattles, creaks and anything different that shouldnt be

Edited By: peterdarlison on Oct 24, 2016 14:52
#21
peterdarlison
joxeruk2000
EndlessWaves
joxeruk2000
The one we have is awful to drive.
The Focus is generally considered one of the best cars to drive in it's class so can you expand on which aspect of it you don't like?
Also, in these days of multiple turbochargers engine capacity doesn't mean a lot in terms of power. The most powerful sub-1.6L on the focus, for example, outputs 182 bhp.
Ours is a 1.0L turbo. Don't like the steering. Feels like I'm fighting the wheel even on straight roads. Tracking is fine and tyre pressures. At 60mph it vibrates excessively. I hate it but I don't drive it too often and the missus doesn't seem to mind
Not being a snob or awkward and I say it as it is............. got the same 1litre as you, handles brilliantly and drives like a 1.6... i had to buy the half console though or my leg rubbed against the full console. Cant fault it really, average 45 mpg and 60 on a run . £30 to tax,, whats not to like.. oh and before that i had a c class merc..... must be sometrhing wrong with yours.... mines a 14 and im a pain for rattles, creaks and anything different that shouldnt be


Only thing I like about it is the £20 road tax. It's going in garage on Friday because the heaters are not blowing hot air through. I just want rid before I'm lumbered with a ridiculous bill for whatever goes wrong with it.
Is yours the model with facelift that looks like a Kia?
#22
We bought a new Honda Civic, very pleased, magic seats mean they lift up and also fold completely flat making the boot massive. Worth a look.
#23
moob
Civic 1.6 diesel - decent acceleration and potentially over 70mpg in real world driving if you have a light foot.


Unlikely to be getting 70mpg out of any car in todays market unless your doing all motorway driving at 40mph in 6th gear. Its just not possible with the current technology
#24
123batman321
moob
Civic 1.6 diesel - decent acceleration and potentially over 70mpg in real world driving if you have a light foot.


Unlikely to be getting 70mpg out of any car in todays market unless your doing all motorway driving at 40mph in 6th gear. Its just not possible with the current technology


I get 60mpg+ motorway driving in my 14 year old untuned 1.7 diesel Mercedes, so I would imagine 70mpg would be possible somewhere.
#25
mclovin9091
Don't get a 2.0TDCi Mondeo, god to drive but a **** and expensive to fix. :)
Octavia or Fabia will most likely be my next car. Then again since the 1st time i said that i've had two Escorts and Two Mondeos. So maybe not :)

Mondeo's are ace! Really comfortable to drive and the 2.0 TDCi engine is pretty good. What issues have you had?
Bought mine back in 2010 as an Ex-demo and its still going strong.
Even after i now have a Range Rover Evoque company car i still haven't sold the Mondeo as i really like it!

OP i would consider them if they aren't too big for you (and trust me you soon get used to the size after a week) as i switched from a 55 Reg focus to the Mondeo and it was so much better to drive.
#26
118luke
mclovin9091
Don't get a 2.0TDCi Mondeo, god to drive but a **** and expensive to fix. :)
Octavia or Fabia will most likely be my next car. Then again since the 1st time i said that i've had two Escorts and Two Mondeos. So maybe not :)

Mondeo's are ace! Really comfortable to drive and the 2.0 TDCi engine is pretty good. What issues have you had?
Bought mine back in 2010 as an Ex-demo and its still going strong.
Even after i now have a Range Rover Evoque company car i still haven't sold the Mondeo as i really like it!

OP i would consider them if they aren't too big for you (and trust me you soon get used to the size after a week) as i switched from a 55 Reg focus to the Mondeo and it was so much better to drive.


Its on 127k, injectors clutch, dmf, CSC, egr and turbo have all been replaced. (only thing I personally didnt replace was the injectors, that was the last owner) Oh and the reverse light sensor.

Had the windshield out as well due to it leaking.

The cam shaft sensor is putting it into limp mode and the replacement I bought prevented the car from starting and then when refitting the knackered sensor I managed to shear off the head of the 8mm nut.

Other than its been great :)
#27
mclovin9091
118luke
mclovin9091
Don't get a 2.0TDCi Mondeo, god to drive but a **** and expensive to fix. :)
Octavia or Fabia will most likely be my next car. Then again since the 1st time i said that i've had two Escorts and Two Mondeos. So maybe not :)
Mondeo's are ace! Really comfortable to drive and the 2.0 TDCi engine is pretty good. What issues have you had?
Bought mine back in 2010 as an Ex-demo and its still going strong.
Even after i now have a Range Rover Evoque company car i still haven't sold the Mondeo as i really like it!
OP i would consider them if they aren't too big for you (and trust me you soon get used to the size after a week) as i switched from a 55 Reg focus to the Mondeo and it was so much better to drive.
Its on 127k, injectors clutch, dmf, CSC, egr and turbo have all been replaced. (only thing I personally didnt replace was the injectors, that was the last owner) Oh and the reverse light sensor.
Had the windshield out as well due to it leaking.
The cam shaft sensor is putting it into limp mode and the replacement I bought prevented the car from starting and then when refitting the knackered sensor I managed to shear off the head of the 8mm nut.
Other than its been great :)

Crikey sounds like yours has been a bit of a lemon.
Honestly, mine had just one issue last year after it had been stood over winter for 2 months.
Water had got into the wiring loom and corroded one of the wires - so came up with an immobiliser fault and refused to start.
Apart from that - its been a dream to run. as 85k on the clock now and its on loan to my mum as i don't really need it anymore but don't want to sell it either :)
Turbo, DMF, EGR, injectors have all been fine - hopefully they still will be over the next 40k! It had a remap too earlier in its life so the components will have been under more stress than normal.
#28
118luke
mclovin9091
118luke
mclovin9091
Don't get a 2.0TDCi Mondeo, god to drive but a **** and expensive to fix. :)
Octavia or Fabia will most likely be my next car. Then again since the 1st time i said that i've had two Escorts and Two Mondeos. So maybe not :)
Mondeo's are ace! Really comfortable to drive and the 2.0 TDCi engine is pretty good. What issues have you had?
Bought mine back in 2010 as an Ex-demo and its still going strong.
Even after i now have a Range Rover Evoque company car i still haven't sold the Mondeo as i really like it!
OP i would consider them if they aren't too big for you (and trust me you soon get used to the size after a week) as i switched from a 55 Reg focus to the Mondeo and it was so much better to drive.
Its on 127k, injectors clutch, dmf, CSC, egr and turbo have all been replaced. (only thing I personally didnt replace was the injectors, that was the last owner) Oh and the reverse light sensor.
Had the windshield out as well due to it leaking.
The cam shaft sensor is putting it into limp mode and the replacement I bought prevented the car from starting and then when refitting the knackered sensor I managed to shear off the head of the 8mm nut.
Other than its been great :)

Crikey sounds like yours has been a bit of a lemon.
Honestly, mine had just one issue last year after it had been stood over winter for 2 months.
Water had got into the wiring loom and corroded one of the wires - so came up with an immobiliser fault and refused to start.
Apart from that - its been a dream to run. as 85k on the clock now and its on loan to my mum as i don't really need it anymore but don't want to sell it either :)
Turbo, DMF, EGR, injectors have all been fine - hopefully they still will be over the next 40k! It had a remap too earlier in its life so the components will have been under more stress than normal.


Ha ha, ha haha ha!

So yesterday I was off on a wee overnight getaway. left the house and 5 mins later the car stalled.

wouldn't start again and I killed the battery trying in between tweaking and trying out various troubleshooting things.

recovery came out and we decided to force bump start as we concluded that there was an air lock (IMO that was the mechanics fault for cracking both the injectors and furl rail despite my objections) but as I would be getting towed home I though we may as well try.

So happy days it started and idled fine. Left running for half an hour to ensure the battery charged and didn't stall again.

Then happy set off again only to get a few miles this time and smelt diesel in the car. pulled over rather quickly to check, DIESEL EVERYWHERE in the engine bay. After calming down I realised that the mechanic hadn't tightened up the nut on the fuel rail.

Lots of fun!

Post an Answer

You don't need an account to leave a response. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!