Ford Focus

4/5
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Verdict

In 2015 Ford released the latest version of the Focus to Ireland. The Focus has been part of the Irish streetscape for more than 16 years and has proven to be a massive success for the manufacturer. When the new Focus was released the Managing Director of Ford Ireland estimated that 4,500 would be sold by the end of 2015. Without much effort this target has been met. Changes made to the new Ford Focus have been subtle yet substantial. Like the Fiesta and Mondeo, the Focus takes the Aston Martin-esque nose. Apart from that the car is wider and holds a stronger stance on the road than ever before. The Volkswagen Golf is the car to beat in this segment. For years though the Golf and the Focus have been chart toppers when it comes to annual sales.

Performance

The most popular engines available in the Focus are the 2.0 litre diesel and the 1.0 litre EcoBoost. The 2.0 litre diesel engine gives 150 PS and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission or a PowerShift automatic transmission. The 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine is a clever piece of kit and Ford shows just how economical that a petrol engine can be. This engine offers 125 PS. Also available is a 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine which replaces the 1.6 litre EcoBoost.

Ride & Handling

The Focus is put together very well and when it comes to handling it is more than able for twisty Irish roads. The Focus really excels here and it grips the road excellently. The steering is evenly weighted and this doesn’t alter when you pick up speed. Body control is very well handled on corners too.

Refinement

The EcoBoost engines are extremely quiet and while the diesel options are a little louder they aren’t problematic. The hush of the engines is aided by good insulation around the vehicle. Both manual and automatic transmissions are accurate and smooth too.

Quality & Reliability

Thankfully the Focus has an updated infotainment system which is much better than the outgoing offering from Ford. The last system was complicated and looked cheap. The new system looks perfect and is very easy to use. The only negative about the system is that it can be a little bit slow to respond.

Safety & Security

The outgoing Ford Focus scored five stars in the Euro NCAP. Based on that we can only imagine that it will score just as well this time around. The car itself is full of airbags. The Focus has received many Euro NCAP safety awards for their safety equipment, this includes awards for “Active City Stop”, “Lane Keeping Aid” and “Forward Alert”. All of these items are available with the Focus.

Space & Practicality

There is plenty of space in the Focus for four adults, and on shorter journeys five could be fit in without much hassle. Of course it’s impossible to write a review on the Focus without mentioning its closest rival, the Golf. The Golf offers a bit more practicality than the Focus in this department. One thing that they could improve on is boot space – it doesn’t offer as much as its competitors.

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Key Facts

Make

Ford

Model
Focus
Variant
1.6 85PS
Trim
Focus
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€20,395
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
L/100km Combined
5.9
Average km/L
16.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
898 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€15.51
CO2 emmissions
136 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
85 bhp
Max Power kW
63
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1596
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
172 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
14.9 s
L/100km Urban
8.30 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.60 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
316 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Available
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Available
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available
Power Steering
Electric Power-Assisted Steering
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
Available
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
2 Year paint warranty
Roadside Assistance
Until first scheduled service

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

Dimensions

Boot capacity
316 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/55 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/55 R16 mm
Rim size
6.5J x 16; 7.0J x 17 mm
Length
4358 mm
Width
1823 mm
Height
1484 mm
Wheel Base
2648 mm
Front Track (mm)
1484
Rear Track (mm)
1559
Kerb weight
1264 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1825
Turning circle (m)
11

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
85 bhp
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