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Ford Focus Style 1.5L EcoBlue 95PS

Ford Focus Style 1.5L EcoBlue 95PS

Small Family Cars

1=. Ford Focus

Model/Engine size:
Ford Focus Style 1.5L EcoBlue 95PS
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
80.7 mpg WLTP
Ford Focus Style 1.5L EcoBlue 95PS

Summary

The latest Focus looks to build on the hard earned reputation for class leading driving appeal, whilst addressing the biggest criticisms of previous models, namely a lack of space for rear seat passengers and some below par materials in the cabin which always made the Focus feel like a budget option.

To tackle these thorny issues Ford has turned to a new platform which is instantly noticeable if you slide into the back seats. With an additional 50 mm of leg room the Focus now packs what Ford claims to be a class leading 81 mm of space. So that is one problem down, and one to go.

Jumping into the front seats reveals a good looking dashboard with plusher materials. It still doesn’t quite match the premium offerings in this class but it is a big step forward. One word of warning, in ‘Style’ trim the central display unit is tiny but you can upgrade to the 8 inch unit which all other models get. It isn’t cheap but it does make the interior look much better and it is nicer to use. Pleasingly whilst the button count has been reduced, Ford has kept physical buttons for heating and ventilation controls which earns a big thumbs up from us.

So the Focus now has a reasonable interior and full size adults can be transported in the back without crying. But what about driver involvement? The first thing to note is that lower powered Focus’s (including this one) get a less sophisticated twist beam rear suspension set up which has the potential to adversely effect both ride and handling. However in reality it does a terrific job on both counts. In short the Focus remains the best car to drive in this class whilst also delivering a sophisticated ride quality, which is a combination that none of its competitors can match.

The Focus has always been the default driver’s choice, but if you wanted a car that was good to drive and had an air of luxury the Ford dropped the ball. By bringing the cabin up to a reasonable standard whilst maintaining the fun factor and delivering a compliant ride the Focus now ticks all the boxes. The fact that the Ford remains very keenly priced despite such a comprehensive repertoire enables it to retain top spot as our favourite family hatchback.

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
85.6 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
74.3 mpg
CO2 emissions:
91 g/km
VED:
First year £145, then £140 a year
Weight:
1180 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
23%
Price:
£19,270
Insurance group:
TBC
Power:
94 bhp
Max speed:
114 mph
0-62mph:
11.4 seconds
Torque:
221 lb ft @ 1,750 rpm