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What is Ford Zetec trim? Is it worth it?

October 09, 2015 by

Zetec is a trim level offered across numerous Ford models. It fits between the more basic Studio and Style models and the range-topping Titanium line.

Zetec is available on all mainstream Fords and costs around £3,000 more than the most basic models. Remember our car configurator can help you get great prices on any new Ford, straight from the UK’s leading Ford dealers.

What does Zetec actually mean?

Some might believe the Zetec name refers to the engine. Ford did have an engine that went by the same title but, for several years now, it has only related to the trim-level. The same petrol and diesel engines are available across all trims.



Zetec models get a number of exterior upgrades – exact specifications will vary depending on the car you choose, but the package typically includes Zetec-specific alloy wheels, front fog lights and a sportier body kit. This often includes chrome or black highlights around the door-lines and headlights that give the car a more elegant look.

Zetec S

The Fiesta and Focus also get Zetec S trim which adds around £1,500 to the cost. On the outside you’ll get an even sportier look – adding a bit of flair not dissimilar to the ST models. Unlike the standard Zetec, you’ll get a full body kit along with bigger alloy wheels. There are other enhancements too, such as a black honey-comb grille, sports bezels for the fog lights and it’s topped off by a sports suspension package.


Inside, it’s often difficult to tell a Zetec apart from any other model, but there’ll be more stuff to play with. The Mondeo, for example, gets handy extras such as electric door mirrors, cruise control and rear electric windows, while the Focus gets sports seats and Bluetooth connectivity.

Trim-wise, changes are subtle – some cars get chrome door handles and window trim, while others come with a multi-function leather steering wheel. It’s worth noting that, if you don’t go for a Zetec, there’ll be less optional extras to choose from – things like rear parking sensors (£200) can only be added to Zetec trim or higher. There are also certain colours that only come with Zetec trim, too.

Is it worth it?

That’s a difficult question – the cheaper Edge and Style models come with good specification already and the varying Zetec specification between cars means there’s no absolute advantage to choosing it. That said, Zetec does give you more scope for adding optional extras. The small enhancements all add up to give it an all-round more exclusive feel, too.

It’s also worth remembering that, with certain models, you could choose a Titanium model for a small increase, or decrease, in price – a Focus Zetec S is currently more expensive than a Focus Titanium. The Zetec has the more sporty feel but, if you want a higher spec, the Titanium would be the better choice. Our Titanium guide tells you all you need to know.

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