The RightSure Blog – Ford Focus Zetec Compared To Vauxhall Astra GTC

We put a 2010 Ford Focus Zetec up against a 2013 Vauxhall Astra GTC, road-tested over a two week period. Given the exact same driving conditions, read on to see which takes our crown.

Ford Focus Zetec Hatchback 5dr (2010) –

  • MPG – 42mpg
  • Insurance Group 10
  • Engine Size 1596cc
  • 4 Cylinder
  • 0-60mph – 11.5 seconds
  • 98 BHP
  • 55 Litre Fuel Capacity

The Ford is a very competent car, Safe is the word that sprung to mind after having driven it for a few days – it simply does everything really quite well and I struggle to find fault with it. Perhaps a little slow on the uptake until the turbo has spooled but overall – Excellent. Used for the best part commuting along our beloved M25 I managed to average 55 miles per gallon, meaning for £50 it could return almost 650 miles every time, quite a feat for a car now 6 years old and without stop-start technology.  I feel confident the Focus would provide even more MPG however the car got plenty of B-Road and town driving too. It’s worth noting how impressive the steering is making it comfortable and easy to drive given any situation.

Vauxhall Astra GTC Coupe (2013) –

  • MPG – 68mpg
  • Insurance Group 14
  • Engine Size 1686cc
  • 4 Cylinder
  • 0-60mph – 11.3 seconds
  • 110 BHP
  • 56 Litre Fuel Capacity

This stylish looking hatchback on the face of it should give the Ford Focus a run for money and upon seeing it, its a good looking car with an impressive interior. Comfortable and spacious, notably the boot space is bigger than the average modern hatchback. Averaging a similar MPG to the focus, slightly less to be accurate I was quite impressed, however, the car feels looser than the focus and some understeer by comparison. Being the newer car, it has the Eco Stop-Start technology, something I was keen to try out on the stop-start nature of the M25 but I really did struggle with this feature, It stopped but didn’t always start again – consistently stalling the car. It was happening so regularly at one stage I thought it was my driving but, fortunately (for me) it was not.

Probably no real surprise here that the Ford Focus, despite its being slightly older came up trumps – and quite simply is slightly better in every area, although it is worth noting the rather terrible build quality throughout, everything that shul.

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