Last year’s Ford Focus has gone through a big overhaul, giving the third-generation model with a midlife nip and tuck. On the outside, there were very slight obvious changes, with the new lights and glitzier grille pretty much summing it all up. Having said this, you can say that the effect is more pronounced as it made the model prettier and definitely less dumpy. Of course, you can never blame Ford if they decided to leave the design mainly untouched though. After all, it has been the bestselling car of the world for the past two years and this latest one is all ready and set for extending that run.
This is probably the spot that could have used some improvement, particularly the dashboard. Overflowing with buttons, some find it an ergonomic headache. Thankfully, Ford made sure that the problem was addressed as they introduce a brand new touchscreen media system. Apart from the dramatic cut in the number of buttons, the software is also very slick, obviously taking inspiration from the meticulously developed systems that are offered by the big three premium brands of Germany. It means that with Focus, you will get a little bit of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi inside it. All in all, its cabin is comfortable, well appointed and spacious although it was prod too much of plastics. But still, nothing is offending here, a step higher than the earlier model.
Ford Focus has always been such a fine care to drive as its handling and ride balance makes most cars ashamed with their sportier pretensions. During the mk3’s launch back in 2011, it didn’t have any sparkle that its earlier predecessors were able to make on their own. Good thing that several comfort-minded tweaks, such as more compliance in steering and the lighter steering itself, brought back the fun factor in many ways. It is no doubt a hatchback fit for people who love to drive, with its keen front end and rear axle that is also more than happy to play its role in cornering.
As far as engine is concerned, you will get a pair of brand new 1.5-liter diesels that dip below the magic mark of 99g/km, with Ford’s spunky tiny 1.0-liter turbo triple that takes most of the other half. You will also find the new 1.5-liter petrol turbo that comes in 180bhp / 182 PS / 134 kW and 148bhp / 150 PS / 110 kW guises. This is a generally satisfying engine that delivers power with linearity of something that is naturally aspirated although it lacks in urge under 2500rpm.
All in all, if you are looking for a new car that could do justice to your money and give you what you need and want in a drive, then, Ford Focus could be a wonderful choice that you can add to your list of options. It got the looks and with the new improvements, there is no doubt that you can only expect for something better and more fun the moment you get behind the wheels.