It’s overhaul time at Ford, where the smooth-driving, selling Focus gets a refresh in time for Christmas, writes Guillaume Scholes.
Each change is pretty minor when taken on its own, but together they give the Focus a sharper, more modern edge.
For example, there are new LED lights on the front and rear, and the Ford “blue oval” badge is now installed on the grille rather than the hood.
As usual with these things, inside the car the “infotainment” has been beefed up, with the Focus getting the brighter, newer version of Ford’s “Sync” system.
That means a 13.2-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard, which, along with your radio and GPS, also controls the heating system.
It’s up to you to decide if the loss of simple switches and buttons to operate the fan and change the cabin temperature to the benefit of poking and sliding a digital screen is a step backwards or a change for the better. .
The charming 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine – a mild hybrid these days, of course – can now be paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox in both the 123 hp and 153 hp versions for a “full-blown driving experience.” two less demanding pedals “. The 123-horsepower car can also be fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. A 118 hp 1.5-liter diesel with an automatic transmission is also available.
The safety tech update is another ‘must’ in the mid-life update manual, so the Focus benefits from a Blind Spot Assist system that can take into account if the car tows a trailer; the driver can enter the length and width of a towed trailer, with the car adjusting to warn if another vehicle is lined up with the trailer.
Each trim level has its own take on the new look, so the sporty ST-Line trim looks even sportier than before, while the SUV-themed Active model appears to have improved a bit in its upholstery. Black bodywork and slightly incongruous raised ride height.
The domain remains the choice of the thoughtful driver – perhaps an active domain is where the Smart Focus’s money is going?
There, or the fat ST model, which continues like a brisk riot of speed, acceleration and color.
Ford claims the upgraded Focus range is priced at £ 22,465 which means a modest £ 200 increase over the outgoing version.