Arghhhhhhhhhhhh Focus or Prius

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  1. aVdub

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    Have some money to get a vehicle within the 2009-2013 age and am really struggling to decide between a Prius or a Focus Titanium.........

    We really don't do that much mileage a year (last year 1500) but might throw in a few 600 milers once in a while and also like to have space for all that camping gear.

    Am liking the idea of hybrid with a few bells in the Prius Spirit and, with what looks to be a long term reliability, with the only issue bothering me is the parts if needed can be mega ££££££'s, which I have seen the few times I've owned Japs. (would be leather interior due to possible ageing issues with cloth)

    The Focus Titanium is pretty loaded as well and long term seems to be pretty reliable with the added bonus of parts being a lot cheaper and much easier to source, and with better comfort and only around a 10/mpg difference over the Prius. (1lt)

    Am currently a Focus driver and have also owned a few Japs over the years.........

    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Looking to keep the car for around 3-6 years, which would be a factor with running costs.

    I'm leaning ever so slightly towards to Focus but am also keen to start a journey with hybrids..

    Any pointers from owners of one, or both would be quite helpful :)
     
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    For me it would be a focus all day long but I have always been a ford man.

    I just love the way they drive and handle and can always trust it to get me home when the snow comes down.
     
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    Had a Prius as a company car and the handling is awful.
     
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    Avoid the 1 litre EcoBoost engine.
     
  5. aVdub

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    Is there a reason for this.

    In what way please.
     
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    Prius seems to be very popular with mini cab drivers where I live so if you do purchase one please keep that in mind.
     
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  7. aVdub

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    One thing I and people I know notice when visiting London.
     
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  9. aVdub

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    Body roll.

    Traction control or ESP cuts power at the slightest loss of grip so if you accelerate when turning out of a T junction the engine loses power for literally a whole second.

    Does accelerate decently in a straight line though.

    And for just plodding along I guess would be fine.
     
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    As you do so little mileage I would go for a petrol Focus. The car landscape will be a very different place in 6 years time. Get what suits you best for now and the next 3-6 years. The Prius from almost 10 years ago , though reliable, isn't the most inspiring drive - at least the focus from that era is a slightly better place to sit. Either car could be fine, or a disaster - just depends on how well it has been maintained before you get it.
     
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    I’ve had a Prius and never again. There is only so much scratch recycled plastic one can deal with in their life.

    But that wasn’t the worst. The lack of power meant that the engine is screaming when you go up any small incline. Absolutely gutless and noisy.

    Never again.
     
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    My Dad is on his 3rd Prius after a focus. His latest is a plugin hybrid which covers most of his journeys on full electric. His indicated MPG is over 800 (excluding electric) He charges it from the solar on his roof so he's quids in.
    His previous generations of Prius haven't felt slow or underpowered but then we live in Norfolk so it's pretty flat ;) However it's a barge in comparison to the focus - floating along.
    His latest is full of automatic braking etc. and the old one used to irritate him with speed warnings when the maps database was out of date with the current limit.

    The final thing to note is the boot space of the Prius is long and shallow and not especially big.
    I've had taxis where they've failed to get two large cases and hand luggage in the boot. His latest plugin has also dispensed with the middle back seat (to my irritation) so now if we go out with my parents I have to take them in my Golf.

    On such limited miles I would probably choose the petrol Focus over the Prius as I doubt you'll feel enough fuel saving costs to justify the other compromises.
     
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    Yup on the flats and when hypermiling I got 72mpg out of the Prius. On the slight inclines in the outer metropolitan area we only go just under 50mpg.

    Agree with the others. Low mileage like that I think the Focus in petrol is the better choice and much more rewarding to drive.
     
  15. aVdub

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    Thank you guys, plenty to think about and esp with the Prius being a bit of a lump and poor rear space.
    Not much use when the OH want's to take just about everything with us on camping trips :)

    Now due to the OH's friend I have to narrow it down between a Focus Titanium (what I would go for) and a Ford B-Max Titanium (which her friend owns)
     
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    Cheers guys, picked up a nice Titanium today.

    No water and no coolant issues.

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