Alternatively, raising the roof is pretty quick and the car looks just as good but, to my mind, not outstanding.
At the base of the centre console, sits the very nice, short-throw gear-shift for the 5-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed version is mated to the only diesel engine and there is also the option of Ford’s Durashift, automatic transmission.
I have mentioned the 1.6i Duratec engine and the other petrol choice is the 2.0i, while the sole diesel is the frugal but fun, 2.0 TDCi. We tested the larger petrol unit, which produces 145PS (143bhp) at 6,000rpm and 185Nm (136 lb ft) of torque at 4,500rpm. Compared to the saloon version, the Focus CC has a slightly lower top speed of 129mph and the 0-62mph sprint takes a second longer to complete, at 10.3 seconds. This is mainly due to the extra weight of the folding roof. To be honest, the performance isn’t as good as I was expecting and once the peak torque and power has been reached, it drops off quite quickly.
The weight also compromises the fuel consumption figures. Official figures of 26.6mpg for the urban cycle, 49.6mpg for the extra-urban and 37.7mpg for the combined are not too bad a penalty for the pleasure of top-down motoring.
The extra body stiffness needed to compensate for going topless, helps to make the ride and handling good and with no nasty surprises but there is a small amount of scuttle shake on uneven surfaces. That said, it is a problem that all cabriolet-designers and engineers have to contend with and it is almost impossible to eliminate scuttle shake completely.
All Focus CC's have ABS with EBD as standard and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is available, across the range for and extra £250, which is money well spent. In the event of an accident, the pop-up rollover hoops will do their job and the front occupants have front and side airbags to cushion any impact.So far, our summer has been sadly lacking in sunshine but as long as it is not actually raining, with the roof down, you can enjoy as much air-conditioning as you can handle. Alternatively, raising the roof is pretty quick and the car looks just as good but, to my mind, not outstanding. 16 August 2007
Ford Focus Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet 2.0i CC-3|
|Body Type||Coupe Cabriolet|
|Colour||Aqua Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Mile|
|Price (when tested on the 16/08/07)||£18,795|