Review: Ford Focus (2018)

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Rating:

Cheaper to buy and better equipped than outgoing Focus. Improved ride quality. Larger cabin. 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

No electric or hybrid powertrains. Unusual number of electical and electronic system failures reported.

Ford Focus (2018): At A Glance

The 2018 Ford Focus is cheaper and larger than before and powered by updated range of petrol and diesel engines. 

Priced from £17,930, the all-new Ford Focus hatch undercuts the outgoing model on price and spec, with entry-level Style models getting automatic headlights, alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, electronic parking brake and a spare wheel as standard.

The engine range includes the familiar three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. There is also a new three-cylinder 1.5 Ecoboost unit that uses cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel under light loads. Outputs range from 85PS to 182PS, with 1.0-litre units using a six-speed manual gearbox and 1.5 engines getting the option of Ford’s new eight-speed auto.

Despite the backlash against diesel, the 2018 Focus gets two oil burners in the form of 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBlue diesels. Outputs range from 95PS - 150P and the 1.5 EcoBlue will return 80.7mpg, while the 1.0 EcoBoost will return as much as 60.1mpg according to the advertised figures. All engines have been assessed under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

The Focus line-up includes five-door hatch and estate bodystyles. More powerful models use independent rear suspension, while active damping will be available to improve comfort over Britain’s rutted roads. Passengers also get more space; the new longer wheelbase has a flat floor and provides 50mm more knee room and 60mm more shoulder space in the rear.

The new car is laden with tech; adaptive cruise control features a stop and go function that can read speed signs so it can automatically adjust its speed to comply. Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist system now detects pedestrians and cyclists and can automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision. Evasive Steering Assist will help the drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid accidents.

Initially five trim levels to choose from - Style, Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale. Prices for the hatch will start from £17,930 while the estate in Style trim will be priced from £19,050. Range-topping Vignale models will start from £25,350 for the hatch and £26,550 for the estate. 

Ford Focus 1.5 ST-Line 2018 Road Test

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What does a Ford Focus (2018) cost?

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

Real MPG average for a Ford Focus (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

28–71 mpg

MPGs submitted

177

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What have we been asked about the Ford Focus (2018)?

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What cheap to run automatics can tow a small caravan?

We're an older couple and want an automatic to tow a small caravan with no heavy extras. Our budget is £15 - £20,000, less if we can. We're not sure if we should be looking at hybrid or not. Most importantly we want something reliable and economic to run, tax and insure. But bearing in mind the engine needs to be big enough for our small caravan. We want to purchase a car around six months to 1 year old. What are your recommendations for reliability and economy?
An automatic sounds like a good option, although we'd normally recommend a diesel for towing a caravan. You probably won't find a hybrid that can tow your caravan, unless you look at much bigger cars like the Toyota RAV4. Hybrids usually have very low towing capacities (if they can tow at all). A diesel hatchback like a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf would probably be your best option. Both are available with very good automatic gearboxes, should be cheap to run and can tow a small caravan.
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