The Ford Focus has come in for some criticism for its steering, being neither as fun nor as feelsome as its predecessors, in a market where unique selling points like that really matter.
Ford gave the Focus a major facelift in 2014 and the resulting mechanical changes improved fuel efficiency by 15 per cent on average and also significantly lowered CO2 emissions. Added to the range were the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and a TDCi turbo diesel of the same capacity.
Ford also offers the much-loved 1.0-litre Ecoboost in the estate, which develops either 99hp or 122hp. Irrespective of which version you choose, it returns commendable fuel economy of 58.9mpg and low CO2 emissions.
If you’re a true petrolhead, Ford offers a Focus ST estate, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine generating 246hp, or a diesel producing a punchy 182hp. Critics love it and so do we – its a great choice if you need a practical family car that is also quick.
The EcoBoost petrol engines are strong and the overall balance of the Focus inspires confidence
Despite the 1.0-litre petrol models’ impressively low running costs the diesels are still the economy champs; the 1.5-litre 118hp option easily achieves more than 70mpg – overall it is the best choice for economy and performance.
The 2.0-litre TDCi versions are quicker, but not as economical as the 1.5-litre model, and they are costlier to purchase – we would only recommend the 2.0-litres if you frequently drive with a full complement of passengers and luggage.
Ford has managed to give the Focus estate a very comfortable ride. The handling is also up to scratch for those B-road blasts – a comfy family car it may be, but it can also be enjoyed when your on your own tackling a favourite country road.
Turn on to the motorway and you’ll also be impressed by the Focus’ quiet interior and relaxed cruising ability.