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Ford Focus (2018–)

Last updated 20 June 2019

 
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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.
Updated 16 April 2019

Report of clutch failure of new, 2019 Ford Focus in just 450 miles.

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Introduction

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 four-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. All 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

Owners' reviews

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Consistently awful in every area.
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A peasure to drive
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Nice Car, Handles Well.
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