Ford Road Tests

New 999cc 3-cylinder Ford engine offers diesel torque from low revs, diesel economy without diesel drawbacks and is also good to drive.
Tue, 14 Feb 2012
The new Ford B-Max does not just make getting in and out very easy, it's good to drive as well.
Tue, 14 Aug 2012
“Surprise and delight” was an old marketing term for showroom appeal. The last thing I expected was to be surprised and delighted by the handling of an MPV. I suppose I should have paid a bit more attention to what everyone else has been writing about the Ford C-Max.
Wed, 11 Feb 2004
Ford has given the C-MAX a nip and tuck on the outside but it's the changes under the skin which make the most difference.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
As I write, ‘my’Ford C-Max 2.0 TDCI Zetec sits outside sparking like a new car from its recent £7 TOP’s Simoniz carwash and polish.
Wed, 04 Jan 2006
All new C-Max, first Ford on new 'global' 'C sector' platform. Fine combination of ride, handling, performance and economy. Now in 5 and 7 seat formats. Low emission 1.0 litre 3 cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine coming in 2011 or 2012.
Wed, 22 Sep 2010
The Ford EcoSport doesn't do anything remarkable, but it's still a worthy addition to the ever expanding compact crossover market.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014
Will a refresh of Ford's 'world car' satisfy demanding drivers?
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The revised Ecosport has more conventional styling and is better to drive - but is it a worthy rival for the Nissan Juke?
Mon, 14 Dec 2015
The Edge is practical, spacious and packed with technology. For those considering a Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe there’s a new rival to think about.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016
The Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is now available with the Ford/Getrag 6-speed twin dry clutch Powershift automatic transmission. We we keen to find how well it works.
Fri, 09 May 2014
The steering, ride and handling of the 2017 Ford Fiesta take an extraordinary leap forward when mixed with the 120PS 1.5TDCU engine and ST-Line suspension.
Sat, 18 Nov 2017
This is Ford’s big new baby, and its first truly world car since the Model A. The new Fiesta will be built in plants throughout the planet, from Valencia in Spain to Rayong in Thailand.
Sat, 30 Aug 2008
The new 999cc 3-cylinder Ecoboost 125 is the engine the Ford Fiesta has been waiting for.
Tue, 20 Nov 2012
The UK's most important model improves in almost every way - but has it lost its sparkle?
Fri, 30 Jun 2017
The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car and a brand in itself. Ford also sells the EcoSport, a lacklustre crossover only bought by faithful Ford fans unwilling to consider more competitive rivals. The firm has decided it needs something in the middle - a car that crosses the venn diagram of enthusiastic Fiesta buyers and the booming crossover market. Enter the Fiesta Active, a beefed-up supermini with an extra 18mm of ride height and some body cladding.
Mon, 25 Jun 2018
The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST is all torque, with 240Nm from 1,500-5,000rpm and enhanced torque vectoring control to make sure it never gets out of hand.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013
New tech and tricks make the latest Fiesta ST an even more appealing proposition than its predecessor
Fri, 11 May 2018
Ford model ranges are never complete until there’s a quick one. And now, at last, there’s a fast Fiesta. The Fiesta ST150.
Wed, 13 Apr 2005
Fun to drive yet comfortable and cheap to run, the 140PS Fiesta Zetec S is a great compromise.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014
A clean sheet of paper. That’s what Ford engineers were given for the new Focus, with the goal of creating a car that’s better than the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra while still representing value for money compared to the Kia Ceed and Hyundai i30. A tough challenge, then. Especially when you chuck in the high expectations customers have of the Focus.
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
New Focus goes back to the top of the class with low CO2 petrol engines, excellent ride and handling compromise, classy interior and a stunning £750 Driver Assistance Pack.
Sat, 29 Jan 2011
As you can see, the Ford Focus CC is a good-looking car. A bit colour sensitive. It’s a matter of “does my bum look big in this colour.” It doesn’t in Acqua Blue.
Tue, 20 Mar 2007
I’ve got my own cute little FIAT 500. But the car I’ve been doing the miles in is a Ford Focus ECOnetic.
Fri, 15 Aug 2008
Nearly 6,000 miles, so time for a second report of my Ford Focus ECOnetic 110.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008
With a sleeker look, a better interior and improved engines the revised Focus improves on what was already a winning formula.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014
The old Ford Focus was Britain’s best selling car and clearly the class leader. Even VW admitted that Focus qualities were its goal when it designed the Golf Mk V.
Fri, 12 Nov 2004
You have to feel for companies like Volkswagen. No sooner had they launched the Golf Mk V, based as closely as it could be on the first Focus, then Ford came up with its even better second generation Focus.
Thu, 29 Nov 2007
Definitive 600 Mile Road Test of Autogas Ford Focus 1.6 EcoBoost 182, comparing the real cost of running with petrol and diesel for a handful of competitive cars.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014
The Ford Focus RS returns with more power and four-wheel drive. Will it be enough to make it the performance hatch king of the road?
Wed, 20 Jan 2016
Ford expands its hot hatch appeal by offering the latest Focus ST with a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 185PS.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015
The new Ford Focus ST is more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30N - but is it more exciting?
Wed, 03 Jul 2019
The Focus ST170 came and went in the first Focus bodyshell. Now it's time for a Focus ST in the second.
Mon, 28 Nov 2005
New Focus ST offers 0-60 in 6.2, 154mph top speed and a choice of two bodies: 5-door hatchback or 5-door estate.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012
By “All New Galaxy”, Ford means what it says. None of the new Galaxy is a carry-over from the old one. It isn’t even made in the same factory.
Sat, 20 May 2006
Back in May 2006, after 10 solid years with the old one, Ford launched its “All New Galaxy”. None of the new Galaxy was a carry-over from the old one. It wasn’t even made in the same factory.
Fri, 05 Feb 2010
As you may well have read or seen elsewhere, I have a FIAT 500. I have a FIAT 500. And I’m not going to pretend the new Ford Ka has nothing in common with it.
Thu, 06 Nov 2008
Despite its name, the new Ford Ka+ has very little to do with the outgoing Ford Ka that it effectively replaces.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016
Ford takes the Kuga one step closer to the Edge. But is the facelifted model as competent as its bigger brother. We found out...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016
What do you do when you’re second last to join the party? Everyone else has been there for hours. Some even from 5 o’clock. So how do you suddenly become life and soul? For the small SUV shindig, Ford made its Kuga best to drive.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008
The second-generation Ford Kuga adds space, refinement and improved handling to what was already one of the most engaging SUVs on the market.
Tue, 18 Dec 2012
Ford's new large family car arrives at a crucial time to compete with both the new Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.
Mon, 06 Jul 2015
When you first drive the new Ford Mondeo it feels fantastic. Then it gets better. Quite simply, it out-classes everything else in its class, and most of the next class as well.
Mon, 14 Jan 2002
Road test of revised Ford Mondeo for 2011, sales of which begin at the end of September. New 1.6 SCTI 160 and 2.0 SCTI 240 petrol engines and new 2.2 TDCI 200 diesel engines. All engines lower CO2 and more tax friendly.
Tue, 07 Sep 2010
I’d asked to try a six-speed Ford Mondeo. They sent me a Mondeo Ghia X 2.5V6, which list at £20,700. But they knew what they were doing.
Sun, 14 Mar 2004
2010 is going to be the year of the Mondeo. Because this spring it will get a new range of engines that are both nicer to drive and much more efficient. Meanwhile, in our hands, the 2.0 ECOnetic 115 averaged a creditable 51.5mpg.
Thu, 04 Mar 2010
The previous Mondeo Estate was a huge success, scoring highly for its fantastic drive and excellent value. Will its much-delayed replacement continue the success?
Tue, 17 Nov 2015
There are three minor faults with the new Ford Mondeo IV. In strong sunlight the dash vent grille reflects in the windscreen. You can’t always easily see the information display in the centre of the instrument cluster. And the quality of the cable manual gearshift varies from car to car.
Tue, 24 Apr 2007
Some cars are like old friends. And that’s the way I feel about Ford Mondeos. I approached this one, a Mondeo TDCI Ghia X estate with a familiarity that bred content.
Fri, 18 Mar 2005
Ford introduces a new halo brand to try to capture some the A6, E-Class, 5-Series market. Has it done the job well enough?
Wed, 13 May 2015
After more than 50 years, the Ford Mustang is finally coming to Britain. We test the 2.3 EcoBoost convertible.
Mon, 11 May 2015
Do revised styling, track apps, and safety tech make the Mustang worth more money?
Tue, 27 Mar 2018
With a few cosmetic upgrades, a new exhaust and an extra 10PS - is the Ford Mustang Bullitt just another special edition?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Completely new Ford Ranger is first of Ford's "One Ford" world vehicles and is simply bigger and better than any other pick-up in the same class.
Fri, 03 Feb 2012
Fresh new S-MAX makes a case for itself as the best all round MPV on the market with impressive comfort and a practical cabin.
Mon, 11 May 2015
Ford seems to have done the impossible. Come up with a seven-seater sportscar. The S-Max looks sporty. It goes, drives and handles as well as many so called sportscars.
Sun, 21 May 2006
At the original launch, back in May 2006, the first roundabout convinced me of one thing. The Ford S-Max is a seven-seater sports car.
Wed, 03 Feb 2010
I can tell you from experience that the Street Ka doesn’t need the delicious curves of Kylie Minogue draped all over it to turn heads. It does that job all by itself.
Wed, 19 Mar 2003
2nd Generation Ford Tourneo Connect launches a serious challenge to the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the VW Caddy Maxi Life.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013
The best panel vans are usually all about carrying capacity, fuel economy and comfort. But the Ford Transit Custom MS-RT follows a different set of rules where rally-bred handling and style are fused into a spectacular sport van mix. MS-RT was born from a partnership between Van-Sport and motor racing legend Malcolm Wilson. The British firm provided rally-inspired upgrades for businesses who want a van that will turn heads and shout out from the crowd. The Ford Transit Custom is the latest vehicle to get the high octane treatment, with an aerodynamic body kit, OZ Racing alloy wheels and uprated running gear being applied by MS-RT at its factory in Gwent, South Wales.
Mon, 14 May 2018

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