Our cars: Ford Focus 1.0T Ecoboost - October
Week ending October 26
Driven this week: 246
Ford Focus review
I’ve spent a decent amount of time in our Focus this week, while shooting its video road test.
We drive a lot of small family hatchbacks here at What Car? and the Focus’s superior handling is instantly apparent on the road. No gimmicky drive settings, no electronic weight changes in the steering, just a decent set-up.
It’s a shame then, that our car’s interior is just so bland. I’m constantly advising those looking to buy previous-generation used Focuses to go for Zetec trim because it offers better value for money while remaining visually appealing.
This latest car is even better dynamically, but I wonder if used car buyers will accept the short kit list and plain dashboards of these current Zetecs when buying such a nearly new car.
By Rory White
Week ending October 19
Driven this week: 214 miles
As much as I enjoy driving our Focus, I don't think I'd buy one unless I could stretch to a plusher trim.
While our Zetec-spec car makes do with the a rather cheap-looking dashboard similar to the one in the Fiesta, Titanium models and above get a smart piano black centre console with slick switchgear and a superior stereo.
True, you pay a £1250 premium for Titanium trim, but it also brings cruise control, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, electric rear windows and additional cabin storage.
By Steve Huntingford
Week ending October 12
Driven this week: 395 miles
We chose our Focus in Zetec trim to keep the price below £18,000. This is more palatable than the £19,200 the next model up costs, but you don’t get many toys for your money.
There are the basics, including air-con, alloys, a heated windscreen, digital radio and Bluetooth, but that’s about it.
Anyone who sits in the back mentions the 'funny, windy window handles', and that there are no grab handles to hang on to if I’m enjoying the Focus's sharp handling too much!
If you're buying a mid-spec small family car in 2012, you expect rear electric windows and grab handles to be standard.
Week ending October 5
Current mileage 3703
Miles driven this week 58
The best solutions are often the simplest. Take the Focus's Easyfuel capless filler system.
You're unlikely to mistake the smooth and quiet 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine for a diesel, but if the kids are distracting you or your mind is on autopilot, it's worryingly easy to put the wrong fuel in your car.
Not in the Focus. Its filler neck is specifically shaped to accept only a petrol nozzle (or a diesel one on diesel models), so there's no chance of an expensive and time-consuming refuelling mistake.
To top it all, because there's no filler cap to unscrew and replace, there's less chance of getting fuel on your hands. Brilliant.
It's time all cars had this feature.