FORD

FORD FOCUS DIESEL ESTATE 1.5 EcoBlue 120 Active X Edition 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

The Focus Active is the car you buy if you like the idea of a mid-sized SUV but can't quite bring yourself to buy one. In this lifestyle-orientated Focus derivative, you get a higher ride height and a bit of fashionable bling but you don't have to join the crossover crowd to get it. In fact, there are hardly any compromises to make in buying this trendy Focus derivative. And of course you get all the design improvements that Ford has painstakingly built into the current version of this design.

ACTIVELY DIFFERENT

Here's a Ford Focus with a bit of Crossover attitude. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Focus Active.

Ten Second Review

The Focus Active is the car you buy if you like the idea of a mid-sized SUV but can't quite bring yourself to buy one. In this lifestyle-orientated Focus derivative, you get a higher ride height and a bit of fashionable bling but you don't have to join the crossover crowd to get it. In fact, there are hardly any compromises to make in buying this trendy Focus derivative. And of course you get all the design improvements that Ford has painstakingly built into the current version of this design.

Background

The rise and rise of the SUV market shows no sign of slowing down. But not everyone is convinced by the idea of the Crossover class of car. Do you really need something with Jeep-like styling to complete the school run or commute through the suburbs to work? Probably not. It's difficult though, not to be attracted by the idea of a car that sits you a little higher than the traffic around you. And one that looks as if it might occasionally venture from the beaten track. The concept of delivering this for customers who don't want to make a complete switch to a fully-fledged SUV is what has driven Ford to create its range of 'Active' Fiesta and Focus models. We're going to check out what the Focus Active has to offer here.

Driving Experience

It's easy to dismiss cars like this as purely marketing packaging exercises - and some of them are. At least with the Focus Active though, Ford has made some sort of effort to provide drive dynamics that, to some extent anyway, deliver on the promises of the 'hatchback with a backpack' styling approach. The Focus Active chassis features unique springs, dampers, stabiliser bars, and front and rear knuckle geometries, alongside a ride height raised 30mm front and 34mm rear over the standard model. The SLA system aims to optimise comfort and response, and features an isolated sub frame that delivers better compliance over larger bumps in the road, for smoother journeys. There's also a selectable drive mode system, with two settings; a 'Slippery' mode which adjusts ESC and traction control settings for increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as mud, snow and ice. And a 'Trail' mode, which helps maintain momentum on soft surfaces such as sand. Engine-wise, there are various options. Petrol people choose between a 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cylinder engine in standard or mHEV forms - plus there's an mHEV 155PS version of that 1.0T unit. Or a 1.5-litre 150PS EcoBoost engine. Plus there's also a 120PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel. An 8-speed auto gearbox is optional.

Design and Build

Buyers choose between five-door hatch or estate body styles. Either way, you'll recognise this Active model by its 30mm raised ride height. And maybe also by its black painted finish for the roof and mirror caps. Black roof rails are standard and the base models get 17-inch 5-spoke 'Foundry Black' painted alloy wheels. Plusher 'Active X' derivatives swap these for 18-inch 5x2-spoke 'Absolute Black' painted rims. Rear privacy glass, along with unique skid plates and side rocker mouldings also feature as do twin exhaust pipes. So there's plenty of pavement theatre to suggest an active lifestyle. Inside, there are fewer changes with these Active variants, though you do get blue-stitched upholstery and branded door scuff plates. Otherwise, you'll appreciate the higher quality interior delivered by this much improved Focus design. Up-front, it all feels of really decent quality and shoulder room is impressive. There's plenty of space in the back too and little touches help; the rear doors for instance have been specially profiled so that back passengers can see out more easily. There's very reasonable levels of boot space too. In the estate version, there's a class-leading 1.14m of width between the wheel arches and 1,700mm of load length with the rear seats folded. That means 1,650-litres of carriage capacity.

Market and Model

'Active' versions of this Focus are priced at the same level as the sporty 'ST-Line' derivatives, which means that prices start from around £24,000. That's for the five-door hatch version: as usual with Ford, there's an £1,100 premium to pay if you want an estate. And you can have an 8-speed auto gearbox for £1,450 more with the non-hybrid engines. As well as all the features we've mentioned in our 'Design & Build' section, standard 'Active' variants get LED front fog lamps, selectable drive modes with 'Slippery' and 'Trail' settings and a navigation system built into the 'SYNC3' centre-dash infotainment screen. Anything that can't tell you will probably be covered off by the 4.2-inch colour screen provided in the instrument cluster. There's also keyless start and all-round parking sensors are an affordable option. To this tally, the plusher 'Active X' models add a panorama glass roof, power-folding mirrors, all-round parking sensors, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers. Inside, there's partial-leather upholstery, an auto-dipping rear view mirror, dual zone climate control, heated front seats and power adjustment for the driver's chair.

Cost of Ownership

Ford has managed to create the Active package in a way that has very little effect on running cost efficiency. So the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in this car manages up to 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and 116g/km of CO2 in manual form. The 150PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit manages 44.8mpg and 142g/km as a manual. And the 1.5-litre EcoBlue 120PS diesel variant manages 62.8mpg and 119g/km in manual form. All the stats we've just given you are based on a five-door hatch standard-spec variant (you'll do marginally worse with the estate). And are WLTP-cycle figures. The relatively light platform this generation Focus rides upon helps these stats. As does the standard 'Active Grille Shutter' system that 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. What else? Well we'll tell you about servicing, which on all engines is required every two years or 18,000 miles - whichever comes first. Two pre-paid servicing plans are available; one that costs £340 and covers you for two years and two services; and another that costs £550, is transferrable to future owners and covers three years and three services. Maintenance bookings can be done online through the 'My Ford' portal.

Summary

If what you really want is an SUV, you'll dismiss the Focus Active as a piece of marketing frippery. But if you're looking for a family hatch, but you'd actually like a slightly more adventurous-looking one, it may be right up your street. OK, so you don't get 4WD - but then hardly any small or mid-sized SUV provides that either. The same could be said of a requirement for a raised driving position - though this car's 30mm ride height increase does provide a little of what you might look for in that regard. Overall, it depends what you want. If what you really want is a Focus, this is one that'll give you a bit of extra peace of mind the next time a snowy or icy snap strikes, thanks to the extra traction afforded by its 'Slippery' and 'Trail' driving modes. And it'll fit in nicely on the school run too.

  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Tailgate wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing

  • Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Post collision braking
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Auto hold function
  • Anti lock brake system + Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Electronic stability control

  • Front and rear floor mats with blue stitching

  • Raised ride height (30mm higher than standard)

  • Wireless charging pad
  • Bluetooth system

  • Eco mode
  • Power assisted steering
  • Selectable drive modes with slippery and trail mode
  • Intelligent speed assist

  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system

  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock
  • 12.3" Digital instrument cluster
  • Ford SYNC 3 navigation with 8" TFT touchscreen, and app link Android auto/Apple carplay

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Aux input
  • 2 USB ports

  • Active front and rear bumper with unique upper and lower grille
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts
  • Active branded scuff plates
  • Black painted roof and mirror caps
  • Unique skid plates and side rocker mouldings
  • Openable panorama roof
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Black roof rails

  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • LED daytime running lamp

  • Dual zone electronic air temperature control

  • 3 spoke leather trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio controls
  • 2nd Load floor
  • Soft console knee pads with blue stitching
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Leather heated steering wheel
  • Sensico partial premium upholstery

  • MyKey system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front side airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Driver airbag
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts

  • 6 way power adjustable driver seat
  • Auto fold rear seats
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Front passenger seat manual height and lumbar adjust
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Height adjustable front headrests

  • Ford keyfree system with Keyless entry and keyless start/sleep mode key fob
  • Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

  • 18" 5x2 spoke absolute black machined painted alloy wheels

  • Mini steel spare wheel

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 121
  • HC: N

  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 56.5

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Coin Series: Active X Edition
  • Coin Description: EcoBlue 120
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 1
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11
  • Top Speed: 116

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R18
  • Wheel Style: 5x2 SPOKE

  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Length: 4668
  • Width: 1825
  • Width (including mirrors): 1979

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 575
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1620
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1454

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Lane keeping system - lane keeping alert and lane keeping aid: Included

  • Hands free power tailgate: £400

  • Head up Display: £400
  • Blind spot information system includes cross traffic alert with active braking: £400

  • CD player: £200
  • 6 speakers: Included
  • B&O Premium audio system with 360 degree sound, 10 speakers, 675 Watts amplifier power & digital sound processo: £400

  • Premium paint: £250
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £800
  • Additional Premium paint: £550
  • Exclusive paint: £700

  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function: Included
  • Full fixed LED headlamps: Included
  • Adaptive full LED headlapms with dynamic LED headlights, LED turn indicators, glare-free high beam, LED rear tail lamps and LED front fog lights: £1,000

  • Convenience Pack with park assist - Focus Zetec ST-Line Active Auto: £500
  • Driver assistance pack with Adaptive Cruise Control - Focus Auto: £500

  • Solid - Race red: £0

  • Premium paint - Chrome blue: £550
  • Exclusive paint - Metropolis white: £700
  • Premium paint - Frozen white: £250
  • Premium paint - Moondust silver: £550
  • Exclusive paint - Fantastic red: £800
  • Exclusive paint - Blue panther: £800
  • Premium paint - Agate Black: £550
  • Exclusive paint - Magnetic: £700

  • Detachable trailer coupling includes trailer stability assist: £600
  • Trailer Coupling Pre-equipment Electrical-Kit: £250

  • Sensico partial premium - Black with blue stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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