Ford Focus Road Test

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Ford Focus Review

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It delivers a rewarding driving experience, with the kind of road behaviour that puts an appreciative smile on your face. It is fairly pricey for a Focus but you get a lot of car for your money.

Comfort and Refinement

We have no complaints about comfort and refinement in the Focus Zetec S, it has a well-upholstered cabin with huggy sports seats and good noise suppression. Neither wind noise nor engine sound intrude very much into the interior, and road rumble is modest.

The Focus Zetec S is priced at £750 above the equivalent Zetec model in the Focus range, but comes with equipment that would be worth over £1,600 if totted up individually as options. Standard kit includes a Quickclear heated windscreen that handily demists and defrosts the glass for you, a comfy-hold leather-trimmed steering wheel, nicely shaped sports front seats and heated door mirrors.

There are two optional styling packs that add extra equipment to enhance the car’s comfort and looks. The Sport pack, at £500, includes bigger 18in alloy wheels (17-inch wheels are standard) and privacy glass, and the WRC pack, at £200, includes World Rally Championship 'chequered flag' decals and WRC scuff plates.

Safety and Security

The Focus is a Euro NCAP five star car, and is equipped with Ford’s Intelligent Protection System comprising passive and active safety measures for good crash protection. Electronic stability Programme (ESP) is standard with traction control, emergency brake assist and torque vectoring control.

Infotainment

A Ford-branded DAB radio and CD player is standard. Bluetooth, voice control and USB connection are all included in the Zetec S specification. Sound quality is pretty reasonable, although nothing special.

Rivals
  • Vauxhall Astra GTC
  • Volkswagen Golf GT
What We Liked
  • Great driving dynamics
  • Classy cabin
  • Reasonable mpg for the performance
  • Capable for towing
  • Sporty looking
  • Vibrant colours suit the shape
What We Disliked
  • The Focus is such a big seller, so you’ll see lots about
What We Would Like To See
  • Even more performance, as promised for even sportier ST
Conclusion

The Ford Focus is justifiably a popular car. It drives well, and in this Zetec S version we rate it even better than usual. It delivers a rewarding driving experience, with the kind of road behaviour that puts an appreciative smile on your face. It is fairly pricey for a Focus but you get a lot of car for your money.

7 February 2012 Sue Baker
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Ford Focus Road Test Data
Model ReviewedFord Focus Zetec S 2.0 TDCi
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourCandy Yellow
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.6 seconds
Top Speed 135 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban44.8 mpg
Extra Urban67.3 mpg
Combined56.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group22
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 07/02/12)£21,345

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