Ford Focus (2008–2011)

Model History

August 2007

Revised Focus unveiled

It also gets enhanced interior quality and a new PowerShift six-speed double-clutch gearbox available from March 2008.

New features and options include Easyfuel capless refuelling (prevents misfuels), Ford Power starter button, tyre pressure warning system, 230 volt socket and LED rear lights. All new models have switchable ESP plus three levels of steering assistance selectable by column 'menu' stalk.

Three-door, five-door and estate body styles were first in UK showrooms, Coupe-Cabriolet and ST sporting flagship variants arrived in spring 2008. Inside, new soft-touch plastics cover the instrument panel as well as the upper front door trim and this is complemented by plush new seat fabrics plus a variety of attractive fascia finishing's.

The instrumentation has been re-designed too and, along with all other interior controls, is illuminated in red. Controls for the upgraded audio equipment and two-zone air conditioning have also been ergonomically improved. 6-speed manual shift quality improved by a new type of lubricant.

November 2007

Prices announced starting at £11,945

Range line up is now Studio, Style, Zetec, Titanium and ST trim. Transmissions include five and six speed manual gearboxes, a conventional automatic or the all-new dual-clutch PowerShift automated gearbox jointly developed with Getrag.

In addition to ESP, every Focus is equipped with ABS, four airbags, electric front windows, CD player, central locking, height adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, curtain airbags and Easyfuel capless refuelling system. This uses a mechanically operated diameter detector that only allows the larger diesel fuel nozzle to be inserted into the filler pipe, and locks out the thinner petrol nozzles.

Style, costing from £13,445 adds body coloured door handles and mirrors, bigger wheels, front fog lamps, air conditioning, remote audio controls, trip computer, leather covered steering wheel and remote central locking.

Zetec lists from £14,695 and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, dark headlamp surrounds, sports suspension, sports seats, Quickclear heated front windscreen, perimeter alarm, driver's seat lumbar adjustment, rear spoiler and upgraded centre console. A body colour rear spoiler, previously an option, is also included as standard.

Focus Titanium lists from £15,445. Equipment highlights are privacy glass, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, Sony CD sound system, electric rear windows, cooled glovebox, aluminium scuff plates and footwell lighting.

Three-door, five-door and estate body styles arrive January 2008 with the revised Coupe-Cabriolet, sporty ST versions and Powershift semi auto following by March.

March 2008

PowerShift transmission introduced

Available in combination with the 136PS and new 110PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine. Jointly developed by Ford and transmission specialists Getrag, the gearbox consists of two layshaft transmissions working in parallel, each with its own wet clutch unit.

Another new development is the Focus ECOnetic which features an array of aerodynamic efficiencies and is powered by a 109 PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Average consumption for the Focus ECOnetic is a frugal 65mpg. This corresponds to an average CO2 emission of only 115g/km, which is a class leading result for a conventional vehicle in this segment.

Flexifuel version of the 1.8-litre Duratec petrol four-cylinder engine can be fuelled with bio-ethanol E85-fuel as an alternative to conventional unleaded petrol – or in any mix of both. The Ford Focus range also includes CNG (compressed natural gas) and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) derivatives both based on the 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine.

October 2008

Zetec S added to Focus range. Based on the existing Zetec model but with the addition of a full sports styling kit, of front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions, 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium-style foot pedals and hand brake cover, and an exclusive S badge.

Same wide choice of engines as the existing Focus Zetec with the addition of a 1.6 Ti-VCT 115PS petrol engine. Other engines are the 1.8 125PS and 2.0 145PS chain cam petrol units and the belt cam diesel 1.8 TDCi 115 PS, 2.0 TDCi 136PS, and 2.0 TDCi 136PS with diesel particulate filter (DPF) which can also be specified with Ford's six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

Focus Zetec S priced just £750 above the equivalent Zetec. (Separately, the additional features would cost over £1,600.) Two optional styling packs are additionally available. The Sport pack (£500) includes 18in alloy wheels and privacy glass, and the WRC pack (£200) includes World Rally Championship 'chequered flag' decals and WRC scuff plates.

October 2010

Focus ECOnetic on sale

The Ford Focus ECOnetic targets customers prioritising low carbon motoring and high fuel efficiency. It features the Ford Eco Mode system as standard – a driver information system that encourages improved fuel economy.

The Focus ECOnetic has Smart Regenerative Charging and Low Tension FEAD (Front End Accessory Drive) – technologies which combine to deliver lower emissions and better fuel efficiency. The Ford Auto-Start-Stop system is also available, which combines automatic engine start-stop operation with the car's smart regenerative charging and advanced battery management systems.

Power comes from Ford's 109PS (80kW) DV6 FD 8-valve 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with standard coated Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF). Target average CO2emissions for the Auto-Start-Stop equipped car are as low as 99g/km, with a combined fuel economy of 74.2mpg

What does a Ford Focus (2008 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £20,670
Buy new from £16,835
Contract hire from £179.77 per month