‘Ford has done it again. The Focus is superb to drive, is now filled with an impressive level of tech and safety kit and offers good space for families.’
The Ford Focus is superb to drive, offers good space and has the latest driving technology. The infotainment system and interior quality are the only downsides.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
A thoughtly entertaining car to drive. The Focus continues to be one of the best-driving family cars on sale.
‘There’s a huge amount of choice when it comes to Focus engines. Don’t be put off by Ford’s modest 1.0-litre three cylinder petrols. They’re fantastic.’
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE?
The Ford Focus has never been known for a luxurious interior, but this latest model has moved it closer than ever to more premium family cars.
HOW PRACTICAL IS IT?
Not the roomiest family car on sale, but the Focus, with it’s longer wheelbase, will happily transport four adults and their weekend luggage.
If ever there was a reason to shun the SUV craze and drive a family hatchback instead, it’s the Ford Focus. It’s up against a long list of strong alternatives from Mercedes A-Class to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.
The Ford Focus sits neatly between the smaller Ford Fiesta and large Ford Mondeo. There’s also an estate version if you need even more space and practicality. There’s sporty Focus ST coming in the summer of 2019. The Focus RS is likely to join the line up later down the line.
The new interior is pleasant to look at, with a band of shiny trim on the dashboard topped with some soft-touch material that spreads as far as the top of the doors.
Zetec models upwards come with a larger 8-inch screen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring and a couple of USB ports. The touchscreen is responsive and bright, but the onscreen graphics aren’t quite as sharp as the one in the Mercedes A-Class.
From ST-Line X models all the way to the range-topping Vignale get sat-nav.
In terms of practicality, the Focus betters almost all alternatives for space in the back. Two tall adults will have no problems with the amount of leg room and head room around the front seats. While the driver gets a decent amount of seat and steering wheel adjustment, as well as lumbar adjustment as standard.
At 375 litres, Focus’s boot space is actually slightly larger than that of the Mercedes A-Class.
In my experience, the Ford Focus’s 125hp 1.0-litre petrol is the engine to go for. It’ll never feel off the pace and will be cheaper to buy and run. That said, if you’re slogging up and down the motorway then one of the diesels will be a far better better choice.
Driving the Focus is a joy. In fact, I think it’s the best family car to drive full stop. It does very little wrong and should be at the top of your shortlist when buying a family hatchback.
I’ve lived with this Focus for six months now and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve loved every minute of it. While I do have a few niggles, it’s not enough to put me off buying another one. It has everything that I personally want/ or need from a car. It’s got all the safety features I look for, good styling both inside and out. Just enough to make it look awesome, without looking garish and all of this comes with a pretty reasonable price tag.
If you’re a family man with kids and need plenty of space but want a good looking car with decent speed, then the All-New Ford Focus is definitely one you’ll want to short list.
I know what you’re thinking? The Ford Focus isn’t the car for you. Well, that’s OK, we’re not all the same. If we were the world would be a pretty boring place. However, it is the car for me. It ticks all of my boxes and answers all the questions I ask myself when I’m thinking of buying a new car.
Plus, If you’re looking for your next Ford then I’d highly recommend Evans Halshaw, Batley. They’ll look after you. Just tell them I sent you.
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