Ford Focus review

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10 Aug 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 19 Oct 2018 14:21

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Thinking back to our school days, most of us can recall at least one teacher pointing out calmly – or perhaps loudly and irritably, depending on their mood and your waywardness spectrum – that “you must focus if you want to succeed”. Well, modify that mantra mildly and it’s apt for Ford; it has got a Focus and, by crikey, does it need its family hatchback to succeed.

You see, since 1998 Ford has sold more than 16 million Focuses worldwide, which is in part thanks to its consistent reputation for providing sublime ride and handling. For the sake of the company's bottom line, that tally needs adding to.

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So for this fourth generation it has pulled out all the stops. Not just to continue that hereditary dynamic sparkle, but also to improve areas where previous Focuses have dropped the ball: interior quality, interior space and cutting-edge technology. These are all features that chief rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf at the pricier end of the market and the Skoda Octavia at the cheaper end, do rather well.

So, what’s it like? Well, to find out, keep reading the next few pages and we’ll walk you through every aspect of the Focus, with key comparisons to those main protagonists.

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There are 6 trims available for the Focus hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Style
Entry-level model gets some decent kit, including 16in alloy wheels, electric windows, driver’s side lumbar adjustment, air-con, a DAB radio, automatic emergency braking and lane assist. It only ha...View trim
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Zetec
Builds on entry-level Style trim with front foglights, a heated windscreen, a front centre armrest, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control and a 6.5in colour touchscreen infotainment...View trim
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Titanium
Comes with everything Zetec trim has and adds power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, passenger height and lumbar...View trim
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ST-Line
If you like something a little sportier, this is the trim to go for. It comes with everything that Zetec has, adding 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, LED front foglights, chromed exhaust tailp...View trim
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Titanium X
Adds 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, part-leather seat trim and six-way electric driver’s seat adjustment to Titanium...View trim
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ST-Line X
All the ST-Line features bigger 18in wheels, power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, automatic wipers, part-leather seats with six-way electric adjustment on...View trim
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