Review - Ford Focus
April 07, 2021
This sporty-looking car comes with more features than you see in luxury brands double its price. In terms of value for money, safety, and straight up reliability, the Focus pretty much has everything but the kitchen sink.
The Ford Focus is basically the party platter of the automotive world - the one choc-full of the best cheeses, antipasti, chips and dips. With a huge range of models on offer, from city run-arounds to racetrack specials, you’re sure to find something that suits your palate in the Focus range.
Let’s start with the exterior
Available in a 5-seater sedan or hatch (the sedan only comes in an automatic option at this stage), all variants have been styled to look quite athletic and lighting-esque for a mid-range brand. There are front fog lights on all models, LED day runners available in Sport and Titanium variants, and shark fin rear LED tail lamps to round the whole thing out at the back. It’s a nice look that will likely age well over the years.
In terms of driving capacity, the Focus is considered a ‘hot hatch’ thanks to a 2.0L EcoBoost turbo-charged engine (1.5L for base models). When pushed on open roads, the Focus is a sharp and responsive car with an intuitive dual-clutch.
Everything. That’s what. There’s dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with sat-nav, plus a six-speaker Sony stereo for your listening pleasure. In terms of infotainment, Ford’s SYNC 3 technology allows you to run everything on your smartphone and send texts with voice commands. There’s also USB and Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and push-start button, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Applink (syncing your car with all of the apps on your smartphone so that you can control them with voice commands).
Other features include a rear view camera and parking sensors, park assist, Active City Stop, and a blind spot alert system on upgraded models.
Best for all for parents of young drivers is a MyFob feature that lets you program the Key Fob to limit car settings, such as top speed, audio volume, and the ability to make and take calls. Because everyone loves a bit authoritarianism.
At the top end is the Focus RS, which seems to have garnered the best reviews in terms of engine capacity and overall driveability, however we think the more affordable Trend is also pretty swish.
We love this car for its standard safety features, which include six airbags, hill launch assist, dynamic stability control with traction and emergency brake assist. There’s also all of the parking help you could dream of. It’s ideal for younger drivers but also makes a great runaround car for those tight city streets.
5 specs you need to know
- 316 litres of boot space
- Fuel economy: 5.8-6.4L/100km
- 3 year/100,000 warranty
- Five seats, two and four-door options
- Hands-free parking available in upgraded models
- Plenty of storage room around the cabin, including two sets of cup holders in the front and back
- Some of the best tech and infotainment features we’ve seen
- 5-star ANCAP rating with lots of driver support that comes standard.
- Wide turning circle (especially in the ST model)
- Small seats and lack of legroom at the back
- Sedan only comes in an automatic option