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Review of: Ford Focus
Review By:
Ford
Version:
2013
Price:
£13,995 to £25,495

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On October 21, 2012
Last modified:July 19, 2013

Summary:

Ford Focus is one of the featured cars to own in UK and it has improved performance as compared to previous versions. There is a long list of competitors, but Focus stands out with its positive background and looks.

Previously Ford Fiesta was our eye candy and now Ford has done it again with Ford Focus. It is one of the best handling cars in its class. It is fully loaded, reasonably priced and practical car to buy. You will love the drive at low speed, but interior quality is behind Volkswagen Golf. It is a perfect family hatchback with good looks and drive.

Ford Focus has low CO2 emissions that fall under 140g/km mark. Hence, low road tax and a green car to own. The resale value isn’t as good as VW Golf, but you may get discount on the car. Moreover, you are likely to get good insurance value because of good safety ratings. The high end trim may not be the best choice, but Ecoboost Edge version is the best option.

Ford Focus Price

Model Price
Hatchback 1.6 85 Studio £13,995
Hatchback 1.6 105 Edge £16,200
Hatchback 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Edge £16,445
Hatchback 1.6T 180 Ecoboost Titanium X £22,450
Hatchback 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X £23,295
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-2 £23,495
Hatchback 2.0T 250 Ecoboost ST-3 £25,495

Power & Performance

Entry level trim is affordable, but not impressive to be recommended to car buyers. It comes with 84bhp 1.6 litre petrol engine. The higher end 1.0 Ecoboost model is a better option, with aggressive and smooth acceleration. You can also choose the 99bhp variant of the same engine.

The cheapest diesel model have 1.6 litre engines, which comes with 113bhp making it a good balance car with price and power.

You can also choose the 2.0 litre engine trims for better performance, but 161bhp might be heavy on your pocket. Ford has a good reputation of manufacturing good handling cars, and with Focus you won’t be disappointed. Focus is a good handler with excellent grip and body control, while the steering improves as you increase the speed.

Ride is joyful, but it is not smooth as VW Golf. You will love the steering, strong breaks, smooth gearshift to make the feel of luxury in a hatchback. It is a perfect touring car and road noise is kept to minimum.

Interior & Exterior

Driving position is quiet comfortable, thanks to wide range seat and steering wheel adjustments. Ford Focus is loaded with remarkable features like the cat-eyes instrument cowling, which looks attractive and easy to use. The cabin is quiet spacious and comfortable to accommodate four passengers. However, the boot isn’t as good as competitors, and you need to flip up the seats before folding the rear seats.

You can go for Zetec trim to get you DAB radio and bluetooth. The more advanced trim is Titanium, it has good stereo that improves the cabin. Titanium X model has dual zone climate control, cruise control and hill assist. There are many optional features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning system.

Safety & Reliability

Focus is one of the safest car to drive with 5 star rating awarded by EuroNCAP crash test. Moreover, it is loaded with plenty of safety features like airbags and electronic stability control. Furthermore, unique “torque vectoring” system increases the performance and safety. This smart electronic system uses the ESP and brakes to adjust drive and traction control on front wheels.

Focus is a reliable car and interior is quiet upscale durable. However, boot plastic is of quiet low quality. The new version is expected to be more reliable.

Ford Focus Pictures

Ford Focus is one of the featured cars to own in UK and it has improved performance as compared to previous versions. There is a long list of competitors, but Focus stands out with its positive background and looks.
 

About the author: Ahmad Wali

 

Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter

 

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