FORD

FORD FOCUS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 EcoBlue 120 Titanium X Edition 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

The Ford Focus has evolved, this MK4 version offering slicker looks, higher interior quality and extra technology. There's also greater efficiency beneath the bonnet thanks to the addition of a hi-tech range of petrol and diesel engines. The best part though, is that this car should still remain as rewarding to drive as it's always been. The Focus might have grown up but it certainly hasn't lost its spark.

SHARPER FOCUS

Much is expected from this fourth generation Ford Focus. Designed from a clean sheet of paper, it looks set to give its rivals plenty to think about. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Ford Focus has evolved, this MK4 version offering slicker looks, higher interior quality and extra technology. There's also greater efficiency beneath the bonnet thanks to the addition of a hi-tech range of petrol and diesel engines. The best part though, is that this car should still remain as rewarding to drive as it's always been. The Focus might have grown up but it certainly hasn't lost its spark.

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

Our test of this fourth generation Focus confirmed 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 standard 125PS guise, plus it can also be had in mHEV mild hybrid form in 125 and 155PS forms. There's also a 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 Hatch 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 top 'ST' high performance version gets stiffer, lowered suspension and a choice of either 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol power or a 190PS version of the 2.0 EcoBlue diesel engine.

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 'Zetec Edition' variant priced at around £22,000, before progressing through 'ST-Line Edition', 'ST-Line X Edition', 'Titanium Edition', 'Titanium X Edition' and 'Vignale' variants. An SUV-style 'Active Edition' version (with an 'X'-spec option) and an 'ST' hot hatch are also available. Equipment levels reflect the fact that most customers will be paying upwards of £20,000 for this once very affordable family hatch. Even the base Focus 'Zetec' comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, along with an 8-inch SYNC3 touchscreen incorporating a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth and Emergency Assist. Plus there's 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. In mHEV mild hybrid form, this unit gets a lower compression ratio and a larger turbo. And the mHEV version has been embellished by a beefed-up starter/generator driven by a belt at the front of the engine that stores the energy harvested when you brake or decelerate in a tiny 48-volt lithium-ion battery secreted at the back of the car. Across the range, 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 116g/km, regardless of your choice between 100 or 125PS versions of this powerplant. Combined cycle fuel economy for the 125PS 1.0T petrol unit it 55.4mpg. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit can put out as little as 142g/km. As for the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, well in 95PS form, this unit produces 119g/km of CO2. Choose the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel unit and the CO2 figure is 125g/km.

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.

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

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

  • Front and rear floor mats with metal grey stitching

  • Wireless charging pad
  • Bluetooth system

  • Eco mode
  • Power assisted steering
  • Selectable drive 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

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

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Aux input
  • 2 USB ports

  • Body coloured door handles
  • Upper grille with chrome surround and horizontal bars
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • LED daytime running lamp
  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • Front fog lamps with cornering function

  • Dual zone electronic air temperature control

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

  • Ambient lighting

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

  • 6 way power adjustable driver seat
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Front passenger seat manual height and lumbar adjust
  • 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
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote central locking & engine immobiliser

  • 17" 10x2 spoke luster nickel alloy wheels

  • Mini steel spare wheel

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 123
  • 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: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 58.9
  • 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: Titanium 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): 10.2
  • Top Speed: 120

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R17
  • Wheel Style: 10x2 SPOKE

  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Length: 4378
  • Width: 1825
  • Width (including mirrors): 1979

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 273
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1250
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1394

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

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

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £800
  • Additional Premium paint: £550
  • Premium paint: £250
  • Openable panorama roof: £995
  • Exclusive paint: £700

  • LED rear lamps: Included
  • Full fixed LED headlamps: Included
  • Adaptive full LED headlights with dynamic LED headlights, LED rear tail lamps: £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

  • Exclusive paint - Desert island blue: £700
  • Premium paint - Chrome blue: £550
  • 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 grey 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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