Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 4" TFT coloured cluster screen
  • Digital clock
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Eco mode
  • Ford pass connect
  • Ford SYNC 3 nav system with DAB radio, 8" colour touch screen, voice control, app link, Apple car play/Android auto and 4.2" TFT coloured cluster
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Rotary gear shift dial
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports
  • Aux input

Exterior Features

  • 'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour large rear spoiler
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing
  • Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
  • Heated rear window
  • LED daytime running lamp
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Polished twin tailpipe
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • ST-Line upper and lower grille with full body styling kit and wing badges
  • Tailgate wash/wipe
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel with red stitching
  • 6 way power adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40 split back and cushion rear seats with 2 height adjustable headrests
  • Alloy finish pedals
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Dark headliner
  • Dual zone electronic air temperature control
  • Front and rear floor mats with red stitching
  • Front passenger seat manual height and lumbar adjust
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Paddle shift controls
  • Part leather upholstery with red stitching
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Red stitching on steering wheel
  • Soft console knee pads with red stitching

Safety

  • ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Auto hold function
  • Driver airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • MyKey system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Post collision braking
  • Red brake calipers
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button
  • Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

Trim

  • Contrast stitching - Red

Wheels

  • 18" 5x2 spoke matt black machined finish alloy wheels
  • Mini steel spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

137

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1498

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

8 SPEED

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

46.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

55.4

EC Urban (mpg)

36.7

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

182

Based On ID

Coin Description

EcoBoost 182

Coin Series

ST-Line X

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

17E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

1

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

85

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

87

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

72

NCAP Safety Assist %

75

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

12500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

120

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

150000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.4

Engine Power - BHP

182

Engine Power - KW

134

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

177

Engine Torque - MKG

24.5

Engine Torque - NM

240

Top Speed

137

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/40 R18

Tyre Size Rear

235/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

5x2 SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Weight and Capacities

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

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Packs

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Summary

Has any car had more of an impact on modern era motoring than the Ford Focus? With over 16 million global sales on the board, it's hard to argue the point. Other manufacturers can better this car in some regards, but they still can't make their family hatchback contenders drive like a Focus. True, this car is still far from perfect. There are cheaper rivals - and there are certainly more spacious ones. As an overall package though, it remains hard to beat. This car no longer depends solely on handling supremacy to justify its position at the top of the sales charts. Smarter and more sensible, it is, more than ever, number one for a reason.

Background

It's very difficult to over-state the importance of the Focus family hatch to Ford's European business. To understand its significance, press the rewind button for a moment and shuttle back to 1997. Ford's family hatch contender during this period was the fifth generation Escort, a car so all-encompassingly woeful that the brand was almost embarrassed to sell it. When the time came for a replacement, we all expected something better. What we got in the Focus model first launched in 1998 was something much, much more than that, a car that, at a stroke, offered arguably the biggest step forward in family car design the market has ever seen. Here at last was technology directed firmly at the man in the street who, in this apparently humble family hatchback, could experience a car more entertaining and rewarding to drive than almost anything this side of a sizeable lottery win. It was asking a lot for the MK2 model we saw in 2005 to repeat such a seismic step forward but that second generation Focus was still quite good enough to remain acclaimed as the driver's choice against rival Astras and Golfs that made up for their dynamic failings with a better ride and a more luxurious big car feel. These were attributes the Focus also needed and when it came to developing the MK3 version, launched early in 2011, Ford tried to provide them without compromising the car's class-leading handling. That's also been the goal with this more sophisticated MK4 model, announced in the Spring of 2018.

Driving Experience

We're looking forward to trying this fourth generation Focus. Ford insists that the sharp driving dynamics that marked out previous models have been retained. That's aided by the standard inclusion of a driving modes system this time round with settings that can alter steering feel, throttle response and, if you've an auto variant, transmission response times. Talking of autos, there's a new 8-speed self-shifter on offer. Otherwise, you'll be swapping cogs with a 6-speed manual. The engine range initially looks familiar, but closer inspection reveals that it's been heavily revised. As before, the range primarily hinges around Ford's familiar three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit, which gets a new turbocharger and cylinder head and is available in 85, 100 and 125PS guises. There's also a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 150 or 182PS. Plus a fresh 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 95 and 120PS. And a 2.0-litre EcoBlue unit with 150PS. As for the suspension, well a little disappointingly, Ford has followed Volkswagen's lead in equipping lower-powered 1.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel variants with a cruder twist-beam set-up. If you want the more sophisticated independent rear double wishbone suspension system that's supposed to improve ride comfort, you'll need an estate, the 'Active' crossover version, top-spec 'Vignale' trim or a hatch with 1.5-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel power. The 'ST-Line' version gets stiffer, lowered suspension.

Design and Build

There's nothing particularly striking about the way this fourth generation Focus looks but the lines are crisp and pleasing, whether you opt for the five-door hatch body style or the alternative small estate. The overall length is 18mm longer than before and the car rides 15mm lower. Or at least it does in standard guise. The SUV-style 'Active' variant has a slightly higher ride height; the sporty 'ST-Line' model rides slightly lower than normal versions. As ever though, what's more important is the stuff you can't see: this Focus rides on the brand's latest 'C2' platform, which enables the wheelbase to be 53mm longer, freeing up extra cabin space. You should certainly feel that inside. Rear knee room has increased by 56mm and, thanks to a re-profiling of the rear doors, the rear passengers' heads are now adjacent to glass rather than metal, so they'll be able to see out more easily. Up-front, as you'd expect, it all feels of much higher quality - the fascia now has half the number of buttons that were there before. And shoulder room is class-leading. The extra body length has freed up more boot space too. In the estate version, there's now a class-leading 1.14m of width between the wheel arches and overall load length with the rear seats folded (1,700mm) is up by 134mm. That means 1,650-litres of carriage capacity.

Market and Model

The Focus range kicks off with the base 'Style' variant priced at around £18,000, before progressing through 'Zetec', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X', 'Titanium', 'Titanium X' and 'Vignale' variants. An SUV-style 'Active' version and an 'ST' hot hatch will be along soon. Equipment levels reflect the fact that most customers will be paying upwards of £20,000 for this once very affordable family hatch. Even the Focus 'Style' comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth and Emergency Assist, an electronic parking brake, autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring, Hill Start Assist and a Lane-Keeping Aid. If you prioritise luxury and you've a healthy budget, you'll like the top 'Vignale' variant, which gets a unique front grille and body styling with 18in wheels, full LED lighting, leather upholstery, a head-up display, a rear view camera, a heated steering wheel and the 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play Premium Audio System. For sporty drivers, the 'ST-Line' variant offers unique body styling, including unique upper and lower grille, rear spoiler and polished twin tailpipes. Inside there's a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black headlining, an aluminium gear knob, alloy finish pedals and red stitching. Sophisticated features available across the range include a head-up display, radar-operated cruise control, a more advanced Park Assist system and a wi-fi network that will connect up to 10 devices.

Cost of Ownership

Ford has re-fettled its engines in pursuit of greater efficiency. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit gets a higher compression ratio and increased injection pressure to facilitate this. It'll also help that this MK4 model Focus can be up to 88kg lighter than its predecessor. Around 33kgs of that comes from the new C2 platform, which uses a higher proportion of high-strength steel. A further 17kg of weight has been taken out of the interior, the powertrain is around 6kgs lighter and the electrical system loses 7kgs of weight too. A standard 'Active Grille Shutter' closes a flap in the front gill to reduce drag at speed. Plus there's clever 'Air Curtain' technology that guides airflow across the front wheels in a way that reduces turbulence. The result of all this effort is, according to Ford, a 10% improvement in running cost efficiency across the board. Specifically, on the volume 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol models, that means a CO2 emissions figure which can be as low as 108g/km, regardless of your choice between 85, 100 or 125PS versions of this powerplant. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit can put out as little as 122g/km. As for the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, well in 95PS form, this unit produces 94g/km of CO2. Choose the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel unit and the CO2 figure is 110g/km.