Ford Focus has undergone a significant make-over for its hatch/sedan line-up.
Headlining the changes is a stronger and more fuel-efficient 1.5L ecoboost engine across the range, while a suite of safety and driver-assist features that not long ago were seen only in luxury cars are now in the Focus.
The auto transmission is a lighter, refined six-speed unit, which is available across the range, while the Trend and Sport hatchbacks offer the choice of a six-speed manual.
A new bonnet, grille and lights put a fresh face on the car, while inside a much cleaner presentation simplifies the operation while adding useful functions.
Ford’s SYNC2 connectivity system with voice control and an eight-inch touch screen makes operating the entertainment system, navigation, phone and climate controls user-friendly and safer. Smart technologies, which are standard in the Titanium model, include blind spot, rear cross-traffic, autonomous emergency braking and park assist.
The turbo-charged engine did everything we asked of it with ease. A broad spread of torque gives Focus excellent performance flexibility.
The car is relatively fuel-efficient, especially given it will run on 91 RON petrol but Ford recommends 95-98 RON.
Ford has fine-tuned the suspension, improved the electric power-assisted steering and upgraded the stability control. The ride is firm but comfortable. For an everyday car its sharp handling gives a touch of sporting appeal.
FORD FOCUS TITANIUM
TALKING POINTS: Pleasing performance from 1.5L engine. Rear-seat room is just average.
MECHANICALS: 1.5L turbo-petrol engine; 6spd auto; 132kW, 240Nm; 7.6L/100km, 91-98 fuel.
STANDARD SAFETY: 6 airbags. Reversing camera. Emergency braking. Blind spot and rear-traffic assist.
STANDARD FEATURES: Dual-zone climate control. Enhanced park assist.
PRICE: $32,690 + ORC. Range $23,390-$32,690 + ORC.