Sponsored content: Exploring the New Ford Focus

Supple in design and smooth to drive, the latest version of the Ford Focus puts a new twist on an old favourite. This is one of the most popular cars on the road, for a reason. The Focus offers great value for money, particularly in comparison to similar models from competitors such as VW or Vauxhall. The Focus is also typically ranked much higher in car reviews than other types of vehicles made by Ford. When you’re looking for something that is well designed and that does what you want it to do on the road, the Ford Focus gets top marks. A valuable Ford Focus review is able to explore the new various features that this car sets apart.

Although the original version of the Focus was a bit clunky, if practical, the newer models have stepped up the cool factor with a smoother, sleeker design. The new Focus is streamlined and sportier than older models, with a responsive Sport Steering system that allows you to turn corners easily without the need to reposition your hands in any way. The cockpit is ergonomically designed for comfort and style, allowing the driver to access all functions intuitively. This helps you feel like you’re working with the car. Night-time lighting can be adjusted, as can the seats for added comfort.

Comfort

The newest model of the Focus features improved aerodynamics, which translates to less drag on the car and a more comfortable ride overall. Inside the front cockpit area, you’ll find comfortable adjustable seats and improved performance. The dashboard is easy to navigate and offers features like Bluetooth and climate control. The backseat does feel a bit cramped for larger passengers, since the redesign involves a sloping roof that cuts down on the backspace of the car. This also translates to slightly less boot space. The Estate model of the Focus offers a high volume of storage, however, and overall the car is roomier than many competitors.

Handling

There are three different engines to choose from, including a 1.6 or 2.0-litre diesel model or a 1.0-litre petrol version. The more powerful versions of the Ford Focus can hit 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, usually, while the 1-litre Focus can hit this speed within 12.5 seconds. When driving the Focus, you’ll note that it allows you to grip the road well, with a quiet hum and smooth ride. Torque Vectoring Control helps to rebalance power between the two front wheels, so that you can reduce stopping distances and control your car easily with a light touch of the pedal. One interesting feature is the Traffic Sign Recognition software, which flashes traffic signs on the instrument panel so that you will be sure not to miss them.

Value

If you’re after fuel efficiency but don’t fancy the fussiness of a hybrid car, the Ford Focus offers great value for money. Its new EcoBoost engine promises a reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 20%. The car has numerous selling points that set it apart from the crowd but it also is efficient and reliable. This keeps its value relatively high even after a few years of use.


~ by velofinds on October 1, 2009.