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The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra are two standout options in the family hatchback segment, and for good reason. Find out which one suits your lifestyle best in this guide.
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Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra: Battle of the Hatchbacks

Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra: Battle of the Hatchbacks

  • If you’re looking for your next hatchback, the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra are two cars worth considering.
  • Both offer great styling, excellent reliability, and plenty of space inside.
  • We have a range of used Ford Focus and used Vauxhall Astra models to choose from, so you can find your perfect match.


The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra are two standout options in the family hatchback segment, and for good reasonThey have remained firm favourites on the roads for years, a testament to their dependability. But which car would suit you best? In this article, we'll highlight the key features of each so you can make an informed decision on your next used car. 

Read our hatchback comparison guide to learn more.


Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra reliability

First and foremost, how do these cars shape up when it comes to reliability? You want to drive a car that will get you from A to B without a glitch. Thankfully, both these tried and tested models deliver just that. You can be sure that the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra are both reliable hatchbacks to own.

In a recent What Car?’ reliability surveyFord scored 91.4% and Vauxhall followed closely with 86.9%. These scores were calculated using responses from UK drivers. Both Ford and Vauxhall have an established reputation for building reliable cars that stand the test of time.

Remember that regular servicing will help ensure the longevity of your car too.

Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra exterior design

Both models boast smart, contemporary designs that command attention on the road. A variety of features distinguish them, from front grilles to alloy wheels. When it comes to exterior aesthetics, personal preference plays a significant role. However, both the Focus and Astra can be considered great-looking cars.


Ford Focus


Vauxhall Astra


Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra interior

Both vehicles offer comfortable, practical, and well-equipped interiors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard in both, ensuring seamless connectivity.

The Ford Focus has a stylish interior with ample space for all occupants. The latest models feature Ford’s SYNC 4 infotainment system which is incredibly easy to use. Soft-touch materials throughout the cabin add a touch of luxury too.

Ford Focus interior

The Vauxhall Astra's interior is equally inviting, with an ergonomic design ensuring comfort for all. The build quality is robust, with hard-wearing yet plush materials used throughout. Newer models feature the latest IntelliLink infotainment system which is simple to navigate. Plus, physical buttons for the climate controls ensure easy operation while on the go.


Vauxhall Astra interior


Overall, both cars offer fantastic cabins for everyday life, with little to separate them.


Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra size

The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra are very similar in size, with only a few millimetres difference. Check out the full dimensions below.

  Ford Focus Vauxhall Astra
Length (mm) 4,382 4,374
Width (mm) 1,825 1,860
Height (mm) 1,471 1,470


Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra boot space

While the Focus and Astra are similar in size externally, there are differences when it comes to boot space.

The Ford Focus offers a respectable 370-litre boot capacity, extending to 1,237 litres with the rear seats folded. In contrast, the Astra boasts a more spacious 442-litre boot, expanding to 1,368 litres with the rear seats folded. Both models are well-equipped to handle everyday cargo needs, but the Astra offers a slight edge for those requiring extra space.

If you're in need of even more room, both models are available in estate versions. Filter by 'style' and select 'estate' to explore these options for the used Ford Focus and used Vauxhall Astra.

Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra key specifications

  Ford Focus Vauxhall Astra
Engine options Petrol, mild hybrid Petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid, electric
Fuel economy (mpg) 39.2 - 67.3 38.2 - 65.7
Dimension (mm) 4,382 (l) x 1,825 (w) x 1,471 (h)  4,374 (l) x 1,860 (w) x 1,470 (h) 
Boot space (l) 370 442


What are they like to drive: Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra?

The Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra offer a range of engine options to suit various driving preferences.

The Focus typically provides a sportier driving experience. Its range includes a nippy yet efficient EcoBoost petrol engine, delivering a balance of power and fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the Astra prioritises comfort, delivering a smooth experience, ideal for daily journeys.

Both cars are easy to drive and manoeuvre, making them equally suited to urban and suburban driving.


Which is more fuel efficient: Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra?

A choice of fuel-efficient engine options await, no matter which model you choose. When selecting your used Ford Focus or used Vauxhall Astra, be aware that the mpg figures will vary. On average, Ford Focus models return between 39.2 - 67.3 mpg, while Vauxhall Astra models offer between 38.2 - 65.7 mpg.

Ford vs Vauxhall: which one should you buy?

Ultimately, the choice boils down to your individual priorities and preferences.

The Ford Focus may appeal to drivers seeking a sportier driving experience. While the Vauxhall Astra may appeal to those seeking a more practical option. Nevertheless, both have unique strengths and are excellent contenders in the hatchback segment.

In terms of cost, the Vauxhall Astra tends to be slightly cheaper than the Ford Focus for new models. However, our wide range of used Ford Focus and used Vauxhall Astra cars may offer improved affordability.

Whether you opt for a Focus or an Astra, you can trust that you're getting a car backed by years of automotive expertise and innovation. These vehicles are consistently rated as two of the best hatchbacks in the UK. We always recommend taking a test drive before you buy to get a feel for the car. Book an appointment at your local Macklin Motors dealership today. With our expert team available to help, we are sure you'll find the perfect car. 


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