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Ford Focus

The Ford Focus II is even better to drive than it's predecessor



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 16V 80 hp 6.6 l/100km Petrol 14.1 s 164 km/h
1.6 TDCi 90 hp 4.7 l/100km Diesel 12.7 s 179 km/h
1.6 16V 100 hp 6.7 l/100km Petrol 11.9 s 180 km/h
1.6 TDCi 109 hp 4.8 l/100km Diesel 11 s 190 km/h
1.6 Ti-VCR 16V 115 hp 6.4 l/100km Petrol 10.8 s 190 km/h
1.8 TDCi 115 hp 5.2 l/100km Diesel 10.8 s 190 km/h
2.0 TDCi 136 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 9.4 s 205 km/h
2.0 16V 145 hp 7.1 l/100km Petrol 9.2 s 193 km/h
2.3 154 hp ? Petrol ? ?
2.5 RS 225 hp ? Petrol 6.8 s ?

Body type Hatchback/Sedan
Number of doors 3/4/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 342 mm
Width 1 840 mm
Height 1 497 mm
Wheelbase 2 640 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 255 kg
Weight (max) 1 720 kg
Boot space (min) 385 l
Boot space (max) 1 247 l
Fuel capacity 55 l

 

   The Ford Focus II is produced since 2005. It's engine line is a mixture of old and new units. The entry-level 1.4-liter petrol, delivering 80 hp feels sluggish, but the remaining engines perform well. All of them are very fuel efficient, no mater what engine you will choose. The hottest one is the 2.5-liter petrol, delivering 225 hp, and is fitted on RS models only. All engines are quiet and smooth, even when worked hard. Even diesels are among the best in the class for their noiseless work. It is worth mentioning, that automatic gearboxes will seize some of the engine power.

   The ride is relatively firm and the sporty models get even harder suspension, so driving around town can disappoint you. However at the motorway speed the ride quality is excellent. The handling is smooth.

   Noises while driving are well isolated, but they can vary from model, depending on wheels, tyres and suspension.

    The new Focus is not the most expensive car in it's class. Unfortunately it's resale values are not the strongest as well. However it is well equipped for it's price and running costs are reasonable. It's engines and mechanics are reliable and should last for long.

   Inside the Ford Focus II most of the materials are nice, but some plastics feel cheap. The dash is very clear and simple and all buttons and switches work nicely. Driver's seat and the steering wheel can both be adjusted, so drivers of all shapes and sizes can get themselves comfortable in the new Focus.

   The cabin is spacious and there is enough head- and legroom for all the passengers. The boot is among the largest in it's class and can accept extra luggage by folding the rear seats. Furthermore a flat platform appears with the seats folded.

   An electronic stability control comes as standard with side and curtain airbags on all trims. Deadlocks, immobilizer, alarm and parts with visible VIN numbers should keep the thieves away. All models come with remote central locking as well.

   Electric front windows won't cost you anything on all models. The LX and Ghia trims add some comfort details, while the Zetec, Sport and Titanium are the sporty trims. The CD player comes with all trims, except the basic Studio. Some of the trims include an air-conditioner.

   Production of the Ford Focus II still continues. This car is also available with estate and convertible body styles.

 

   Advantages: Even better to drive than it's predecessor, even more spacious and even cheaper to run.

   Disadvantages: Misses the magic X factor of the old car. Looks duller inside and out. Refinement only average.

   Verdict: Not so cutting-edge as the first Focus, but still great.

   Also consider: Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf.

 

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