Our cars: Ford Focus - November
My Candy Yellow Focus will always be easy to find in a car park, but there are plenty of other reasons why it stands out.
The Ford has led a humdrum life so far, primarily ferrying my new-born son and me between home, hospital and the shops. Nevertheless, it is displaying a number of qualities that surprise you in a sub-£20,000 hatch.
We’ve long known that the latest Focus is exceptional to drive, strong on standard kit and finished to a high level inside and out. Our car has another stand-out feature: its 1.6-litre Ecoboost turbocharged engine. This has 148bhp and emits less than 140g/km of carbon dioxide. It’ll also do over 45mpg, officially.
The Ecoboost is great, blending terrific refinement with responsiveness and a purring engine note that never fails to put a smile on my face. Also remarkable is the super-smooth engine stop-start system. It’s far more discreet than some others in far more expensive cars; the power just fades in and out almost imperceptibly. It all makes for fluid progress around town, a real blessing with a snoozing baby in the car seat.
That said, I would like it to be stingier with fuel. The Focus is averaging just over 30mpg in my hands, although this may be a reflection of my city-only beat. Once my son is a little bigger, there will be longer trips in store, so we will find out if the economy can really reach the 47.1mpg Ford claims for the car.