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What is it?
The Focus is a five-door family hatchback that’s also available as an estate. There are five petrol engines and four diesels, the most powerful offered only with the sporty ST. There’s also a specialised four-wheel drive RS providing well over 300hp. The current Focus was introduced in 2011, and facelifted in 2015.
What is the Ford Focus like to drive?
The Focus has always been pleasing to drive, scoring with responsive handling, precise steering, light controls and smooth engines. The 1.0 three-cylinder Ecoboost is particularly impressive for its smooth performance and low emissions. The Focus is civilised at speed, and well supported with electronic driving aids.
What engines are available?
Four diesel and five petrol engines are offered. Though smaller, the newer 120hp 1.5 TDCi offers more power than the 115hp 1.6 TDCi. There’s also a 95hp 1.5 TDCi. Petrols include two three-cylinder 1.0 Ecoboost turbos of 100hp and 125hp and two four-cylinder 1.6s of 110hp and 125hp, the latter only as an automatic. There’s also a 2.0 TDCi auto. The sporty ST comes with a 185hp 2.0 TDCi diesel or 250hp 2.0 petrol. Most powerful is the 300hp-plus 2.3 litre turbo RS engine. All models have six-speed manual gearboxes apart from the six-speed automatics and the 1.0 Ecoboost, which has five speeds.
What are the key standard features of the Ford Focus?
The entry-level Focus Studio comes with manual air conditioning, trip computer, radio/CD player and electric front windows.
What are the key options?
A convenience pack, driver assistance pack, cruise control, a rear-view parking camera, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and active park assist are the main options.
How spacious is the Ford Focus?
There’s decent room for four adults, five for shorter trips. There’s a reasonably-sized boot, and better than average on-board storage. The estate’s loadbay is competitively spacious.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 98g/km for the 1.5 TDCi diesel to 110g/km for the petrol ST. The 100hp Ecoboost has the lowest Co2 of the petrols, at 108g/km. Benefit-in-kind exposure ranges from 14% to 26% for the petrol ST.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, torque-vectoring anti-slip control, hill-start assist, antilock brakes and ESP anti-skid control are standard. The Focus scored a five star NCAP safety rating. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.