Published: 19 Aug 2013

Having shifted some 600,000 models in the first half of 2013, the Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling car – a title it has retained since 2012. The Focus is the car of the people and it has been since it first arrived on dealer forecourts back in 1998 as a replacement for the popular Escort.

Today’s Focus models offer everything you could ever want in a compact and continue to push the boundaries in terms of economy, performance, and reliability. Two of the more popular versions of the car in recent years have been the Zetec and Sport editions. Both of these are a step above the entry level Focus and both offer an exciting set of specs. The question is, which one is better?

Ford Focus Zetec

The Ford Focus Zetec is the biggest seller in the Focus range and offers a sporty upgrade to the standard Focus model. It should be said, however, that this touch of sportiness is purely cosmetic and everything in terms of how the car drives and handles is the same as its more conservative-looking sibling.

So nothing new under the bonnet and no suspension advancements to get excited about, but the Zetec stills brings a lot to the table. First and foremost, the Zetec is a Focus, which means the ride and handling is second-to-none, and the engine has plenty of go – particularly the 1.6-litre diesel, which is the pick of the bunch.

All Focus editions come with air-conditioning, USB connectivity and electric front windows as standard, and the Zetec trim adds to this with some stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio, and heated windscreen. As the driver of this fine vehicle, you will also benefit from sports seats and a leather-rimmed steering wheel to give the cockpit experience a more luxury feel.

Another feature worthy of special mention are the electric folding wing mirrors which will help make it easier to fit into those tight parking bays!

Ford Focus Sport

The Focus Sport retails at around £700 more than the Zetec, so you would expect to see a few added extras for you money. And you do.

The Sport comes in five-door spec with 1.6-litre 99 bhp petrol and 1.6-litre 108 bhp TDCi diesel engine options. Once again, you do not really get anything above the standard Focus in terms of how the car drives, but that is no bad thing. Where the Sport really excels is in its collection of aesthetic and entertainment features. Extras that would cost well over £1,000 in the Zetec are offered as standard here, with European mapping Sat-Nav, voice control, parking distance sensors, self-dimming rear view mirror, and automatic headlights and wipers all adding to the immersive driving experience.

You can also choose from six different body colours and revel in the luxury seat fabric, dubbed ‘New York Ebony’. Like the Zetec, the Sport comes with 16-inch alloys; however, these are of the ST variety.

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