The Ford Focus was the UK’s top selling car for a decade up to 2008 when it lost top spot to the Ford Fiesta. This, the third version of the Focus, is all new and is the perfect all rounder, good to drive, practical and cheap to run. It does not do one thing fantastically, it just does everything well. Having said that the boot is smaller than the outgoing model but the cabin is a tad larger.
The ford Focus Estate has the same wheelbase as the hatchback, so passengers in the back won’t find any extra room. That’s not really a problem, though, as the rear is already spacious enough for tall adults to sit in. While the longer body boosts practicality, it doesn’t severely impair the Focus’s looks. The front end is identical to the hatch, while the roofline is extended and the tailgate drops off steeply. A rear spoiler and chrome roof rails are fitted as standard, while the clever hidden fuel-filler cap of the hatch version has now been replaced by a more obvious unit.
All Focus models come with stability control, air-con, digital radios, Bluetooth with voice control and USB connection, rear spoiler, ISOFIX child seat fitting, driver lumbar support and roof rails. If you upgrade to Zetec you get 16-inch alloys, heated front windscreen, sports front seats, heated door mirrors and a leather-covered steering wheel. Go for the Titanium Navigator and you get an integrated Sat nav, a start/stop button an upgraded stereo system, cruise control, rain-sensitive wipers, automatic headlight control, dual-zone climate control, rear LED lamps and height adjustment for the passenger seat. The top-spec Titanium X Navigator adds power-folding door mirrors, active park assist, 17-inch alloys, part-leather trim, LED headlamps, heated front seats, power operated driver seat, bi-xenon headlamps, ambient lights and headlamp wash. An integrated Sat Nav is included in the Navigator trim for an extra payment over the standard price.
The engine of the year, the one litre three cylinder petrol engine, is able to return 57 miles per gallon while still propel the focus to 62 miles per hour in 12.5 seconds while only return 109 grams of co2 making it the green choice too. All other petrol engines in the Focus are 1.6-litres. Entry-level cars come with a basic 16-valve 103bhp unit, while the variable-valve version boosts power to 123bhp, and turbocharging ramps up the power to 148bhp for top-spec models. The cheapest diesel models also have 1.6-litre engines, with 113bhp. The excellent Powershift automatic gearbox available on the 1.6 litre petrol engine remains excellent value this quarter at Nil advance payment.
Summer Best Buy – Ford Focus hatchback Zetec Navigator 1.0 petrol (100 bhp) manual - £195 Advance Payment (£58.56 wpms) or £295 Advance Payment as an estate (£59.23 wpms)
Summer Best Buy – Ford Focus hatchback Titanium Navigator 1.6 diesel 115hp manual – £95 Advance Payment (£57.89 wpms) or £195 Advance Payment as an estate (£58.56 wpms)
Summer Best Buy – Ford Focus hatchback Titanium Navigator 1.6 petrol powershift (Automatic) - £95 Advance Payment (£57.89 wpms) or £195 Advance Payment as an estate (£58.56 wpms)