Our cars: Ford Focus 1.0T Ecoboost - April
Week ending April 26
Current mileage 11,443
Driven this week 82 miles
Ford Focus review
Two weeks ago I wrote about how easy it is to shut the Focus’s boot, this week I’m talking about how easy it is to fill the boot with stuff.
This is a mixed blessing. I’m currently moving house, which means shifting loads of stuff from place to place. Now, the Focus’s large boot opening and decently low loading lip make getting things into the boot simple, but because the boot is relatively small, it’s all too easy to fill it and still have stuff left over.
Still, dropping the rear seatbacks meant I could get in a wooden rocking chair, so it was fine for my needs, but if you regularly carry lots of bulky kit, the Focus’s boot may not be up to the job.
By Barnaby Jones
Week ending April 19
Current mileage 11,361
Driven this week 458
The Focus has spent the week up at Mira (a test track near Coventry), being my daily runabout while I help out with the Tow Car Awards. It’s been a great thing to get into at the end of the day, being relaxing and yet still delivering that trademark Ford dynamic poise that allows for some real fun on the fast B-roads in the area. A bit of a change from towing caravans.
However, the towing activities did highlight just how great the three-cylinder motor in the Ford is when I found myself towing a 900kg trailer with a Ford B-Max powered by exactly the same 125 Ecoboost engine as in our Focus long-termer. Even with all this weight attached, the engine was the stand-out pointof the car, feeling torquey and responsive even with the added burden of trailer. Just shows how capable this motor really is, despite its diminutive size.
Week ending April 12
Current mileage 10,903
Driven this week 188
It’s a small thing, but I like the Focus’s tailgate handles. The emphasis is on ‘handles’, because many manufacturers cut a few pennies by putting just one handle or indent on the underside of the tailgate for you to grab. If this is on one side and you’ve just grabbed whatever’s in the boot with the ‘wrong’ hand, you can’t easily close the tailgate without juggling things from one hand to the other.
This isn’t an issue in the Focus, thanks to the large handle on either side of the tailgate. Unloading the supermarket shopping in the rain is never pleasant, so anything that makes this easier and quicker gets a big thumbs up in my book.
Week ending April 5
Driven this week 21
I borrowed colleague Barnaby Jones's long-term Focus for a short stint this week, and was really impressed. It got me through my short commute home smoothly and was a pleasure to drive.
I can't say the same about the seating position, though. I'm not the tallest of people, so usually need to set the seat quite high. At its highest, though, the Focus's chair didn't elevate me far enough, which meant I had to peer over the steering wheel and felt rather silly. At the same time, I was nearly scalped by the sun visor.
I know other colleagues have experienced similar problems, which is reassuring and worrying in equal measure. Still, in most other respects, a lovely car.