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Ford Focus (2014–2018)

Last updated 13 March 2019

Relaxed but still enjoyable to drive. Flexible 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre TDCi engines. Interior improved over old Focus. Useful safety and convenience technology.
Small load area. 1.0-litre EcoBoost doesn't do well in Real MPG. Larger wheels reduce ride quality. Unusual number of drivetrain problems.
Updated 13 March 2019

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It might not be a brand new Focus, but the 2014 facelift has changed a lot over the outgoing car. There are cleaner engines (and an all-electric version), an improved interior and a neater exterior. But that’s not all – there are tweaks to the chassis and steering, plus improvements in safety technology, bringing the Focus up to date with competitors.

The revised car is noticeably different to its predecessor even at a glance, with a neater lines and slimmer lights giving a classier look. The cabin has had the same treatment – the seemingly random smattering of buttons on the centre console is gone, with a simpler arrangement in its place. There’s also an easy-to-use new touchscreen infotainment system.

As before there are plenty of safety and convenience technologies on offer. The emergency braking system, called Active City Stop, now works at up to 30mph instead of 20mph while the automatic parking system can cope with bay parking as well as parallel spaces. There is also a new traction control system designed to prevent skids, rather than intervene when they are detected.

The engine range has been revised with greater economy in mind. The lion’s share of Focus models are expected to be sold with either the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol or new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. Both are offered with two power outputs – the petrol with 100PS or 125PS and the diesel with 95PS or 120PS.

These engines offer a good blend of useful performance and affordable running costs, with low emissions and competitive official fuel economy figures. For those who want a bit more power, another new addition is a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol with 150PS or 182PS, plus there are engines carried over from the previous Focus, meaning there is something for all tastes.  

Ford has listened to customer feedback when it comes to handling. Changes have been made to the steering system and suspension to improve comfort and make the Focus easier to drive. It’s successful – the updated Focus is effortless over all kinds of roads, plus it is quieter than before thanks to better soundproofing.

It may only be an update rather than an all-new car, but Ford’s changes to the Focus are sufficient to bring it back into contention with the best family hatchbacks, like the Volkswagen Golf. It’s good to drive, fairly practical and it feels well made. Factor in the improved cabin and high-tech features and the Focus is a great choice of family car.

Owners' reviews

Lovely far to drive
It's a Ford - you know what to expect
All round excellence
Poor on fuell
A good (not a great) car.
Comfortable and good fun car to drive

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