Both Ford and Vauxhall have a good reputation for reliability, although the J.D. Power 2019 UK Vehicle Dependability Study –an independent customer satisfaction survey – ranks Vauxhall a few places higher than Ford. Both manufacturers sit way above the industry average though, which is positive news for prospective customers.
Should anything go wrong, both Ford and Vauxhall offer three-year, 60,000-mile warranties. That’s the norm for this type of car, although some rivals have much longer warranties with the seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty of the Kia Ceed a particular standout.
Both cars come with lots of safety features. The Focus was given a maximum five-star rating by safety organisation Euro NCAP in 2018, with strong scores in all areas. The Vauxhall Astra scored five stars back in 2015 and had almost identical scores. Both cars come with six airbags as standard. Automatic emergency braking is standard for the latest Focus but while many used Astras have this key safety feature others (especially older examples) may not, since it was an option for some models.