Blog: The games continue: Vauxhall Astra vs Ford Focus - which is right for you?

Blog: The games continue: Vauxhall Astra vs Ford Focus - which is right for you?

With the Astra and Focus being the most popular family hatchbacks in the UK, it can be tricky to choose between the two! So we’ve done the legwork for you to give you a comparison and help you decide.

Round one: Price

Despite the £1k to £2k price difference between the equivalent Astra and Focus, the Astra comes with more features as standard like cruise control and Android Auto/Apple Carplay – meaning you get better value for money. The Focus is a little more distinguished though, and the higher spec models are well equipped.

Round two: Styling

The Focus had a facelift back in 2014 to showcase the gorgeous Aston Martin grille that now features across the Ford range. Along with a more modern look, the interior also had a refresh with a touch screen infotainment system added.

If you’re after something sporty, there’s the Zetec S, or ST-Line for newer models, which has large, stylish alloys and sports body kit.

The current generation Astra was introduced in 2016, making it’s styling younger than the Focus. But the Astra still looks remarkably like its predecessor – granted, a bit more modern.

If you’re looking for the sporty option, you would have to look for the Astra GTC, a 3-door coupe based on the previous generation Astra. The fast VXR is only available for this model as well.

Round three: Interior

Both cars have spacious, high-quality interiors with plenty of gadgets. However, the Astra trumps the Focus in terms of what is equipped as standard like cruise control and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. The Focus only features these gadgets on higher spec models.

The Astra also has one up on the Focus for boot space, having 370 litres to play with compared to the Focus’ 316 litres. Estate versions of both cars are available, though the Astra still wins hands-down with 540 litres versus the Focus’ 476 litres.

Round four: Engines

The Focus offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including the critically acclaimed 1.0L Ecoboost engine, available with 100 or 125bhp. Vauxhall have also developed a turbocharged 1.0L petrol engine for the Astra. Thought it produces 105bhp, it’s actually quicker than the 125bhp Focus.

The faster Focus ST is now available with both petrol and diesel engines, while the superhot Focus RS has the same 2.3L Ecoboost engine as the new Mustang and also 4-wheel drive.

There’s a few options if you do a lot of miles too. The diesel engines in both cars are capable of at least 70mpg on average.

Vauxhall Astra Engines

Engine

Fuel Type

0-60 time

Average Fuel Economy

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

1.0i Turbo (105BHP) S/S ecoFLEX

Petrol

10.5 seconds

64.2mpg

99

1.4i Turbo (150BHP)

Petrol

7.8 seconds

51.4mpg

128

1.6i Turbo (200BHP) S/S

Petrol

6.6 seconds

46.3mpg

141

1.6CDTi (110BHP)

Diesel

10.3 seconds

78.5mpg

95

1.6CDTi (110BHP) S/S ecoFLEX

Diesel

10.2 seconds

85.6mpg

88

1.6CDTi (136BHP) S/S

Diesel

9.0 seconds

74.3mpg

99

1.6CDTi BiTurbo (160BHP) S/S

Diesel

8.1 seconds

68.9mpg

111


Ford Focus Engines

Engine

Fuel Type

0-60 time

Average Fuel Economy

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

1.0 Ecoboost (100BHP)

Petrol

12.5 seconds

61.4mpg

105

1.0 Ecoboost (125BHP)

Petrol

11.8 seconds

60.1mpg

108

1.5 Ecoboost (150BHP)

Petrol

8.9 seconds

51.4mpg

127

1.5 Ecoboost (182BHP)

Petrol

8.6 seconds

51.4mpg

140

2.0 Ecoboost (250BHP)

Petrol

6.5 seconds

41.5mpg

159

2.3 Ecoboost (350BHP)

Petrol

4.7 seconds

36.7mpg

175

1.5 Durotorq TDCi (95BHP)

Diesel

12 seconds

74.3mpg

99

1.5 Durotorq TDCi (105BHP)

Diesel

11.9 seconds

83.1mpg

88

1.5 Durotorq TDCi (120BHP)

Diesel

10.5 seconds

74.3mpg

99

2.0 Durotorq TDCi (150BHP)

Diesel

8.8 seconds

70.6mpg

105

2.0 Durotorq TDCi (185BHP)

Diesel

8.1 seconds

67.3mpg

110


Just so you know:
These figures are the average mpg; so, they’ll be to “real world” driving. They also only take manual transmission models into account and will differ for automatics too.

The decider – which should you choose?

The Astra is more ideal as a family car with more room in the back and the boot, and also offers better value for money. The Focus, on the other hand, offers more choices for those looking for something sporty, and has more sophisticated tech like park-assist and lane assist. But ultimately it's up to you!

 

CarShop stock a wide range of used Vauxhall Astra’s and Ford Focus’ across their showrooms in Northampton, Swindon, Cardiff, Norwich and Doncaster.  So, make sure you visit one of our stores and give the Focus and the Astra a test drive!

 

  • On: 06 August 2018
  • By: CarShop

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