Ford Focus - Used

Car Review

Ford Focus, front
Ford Focus, front, action
Ford Focus, side
Ford Focus, interior
Ford Focus, rear
Ford Focus, dashboard
Ford Focus, rear seats

THE Ford Model T was the original "car for the masses", with more than 16 million of the boneshakers being snapped up by young, old, rich and not-so-rich during a 20-year production run spanning 1908 and 1927.

Now, more than 100 years on, another model has picked up the baton from where that original left off.

For the current Focus was designed to appeal to every driver and passenger alike, much as the original Tin Lizzie did all those years ago.

Sleek, sophisticated, roomy, with a build quality now up there with the best and loaded with state-of-the-art, high-tech gizmos and safety features, the Focus is Ford like you've never seen before.

Visually, the Focus sits lower and wider than ever and its family-look trapezoidal grille helps deliver a strong, masculine look to the somewhat in-your-face front end.

Inside, designers acted on customer feedback, so the Focus comes more driver friendly, with fewer switches and buttons for a more simplistic and modern look.

Better handling and sharper steering, revised suspension geometry and increased stiffness all helped add to the car's dynamics, while an enhanced stability system can even predict a loss of traction before it actually happens.

As for on-board technology, well you'd have a hard job finding anything better kitted out than this belter.

Owners who let young and inexperienced drivers get behind the wheel can limit the vehicle's top speed or restrict the volume of the sound system via a standard MyKey function.

Young mums and drivers of an older generation who may find their movement becoming somewhat restricted, will appreciate the latest in active park assist, which will recognise a suitable parking place and reverse the car safely into the slot with no steering imput from the driver.

The eight-inch touch screen with Ford's advanced SYNC 2 connectivity system also kept the techno geeks and social media brigade happy.

It came with advanced voice recognition, which allowed drivers to adjust the climate control, activate the audio system, sat nav and connect mobile phones with a simple voice command.

You'll find a used Focus in a host of trim and engine choices, and even the entry-level Studio 1.6-litre, 84bhp petrol offering is well equipped for the job in hand.

Electric front windows, air conditioning, trip computer, eco mode information system, ESP with traction control and emergency brake assist, hill start assist and Ford MyKey all came as standard.

Moving up, Style spec added features such as Ford SYNC, Thatcham alarm, CD/radio with 4.2-inch screen. Zetec added a host of other goodies, such as alloy wheels, quickclear heated windscreen, leather-trimmed steering wheel halogen headlamps, while Zetec S included sports suspension, LED running lights, rear spoiler and sports pedals.

Titanium models received SYNC 2 with eight-inch touch screen DAB audio system with enhanced voice control, active city stop, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic headlight and 16-inch alloys, while Titanium X sported part-leather upholstery, enhanced active park assist, rear-view camera, heated front seats, ambient LED lighting, Bi-xenon headlights and 17-inch alloys.

With a choce of one-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre petrol engines along with 1.5-litre and two-litre diesel engines in a range of power outputs from 84bhp to 180bhp, used car buyers are spoiled for choice.

However, the triple-winning International Engine of the Year three-cylinder, one-litre EcoBoost unit with its low 105g/km CO2 emissions is certainly a great choice.

You should be able to source a 2014 14-plate five-door 1.6 EcoBoost in Style trim from between £6,425 to £8,545.

Move up to Zetec S and prices rise to between £7,170 and £9,535, while you should be able to get your hands on a range-topping Titanium X example from between £7,345 and £9,765.

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