Why The Ford Focus Is a Great Choice for A New Car In
2013One of Britain’s most popular new, and used cars is the Ford Focus. This small family car has been in production since 1998 and is now in its third generation. If you are looking for a new car, then you ought to consider the Ford Focus. Here’s why: Design The current generation is a prime example of Ford’s modern Kinetic Design.
The styling up front features newly designed headlights, a triangular radiator grille, and at the back of the car the tail lights are lower down (similar to the new Ford Fiesta). It has a low-profile bonnet design, and it also benefits from a more aerodynamic design, which Ford say helps to improve performance and fuel economy.
Under the bonnet If you are after a small family hatchback that you only really use in town, then you could opt for the 1.0 Eco Boost engine. Although it is only 99 brake horsepower, it offers strong and smooth acceleration from the low rev range. But should you do a lot of motorway driving, then something beefier would be more suitable, like the 123 brake horsepower version of the above engine. There are also 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol (148 brake horsepower), and diesel (105 brake horsepower) engines available, if you are after more power or better fuel economy respectively.
Image Source On the road Ford cars in general handle pretty well on the roads and the new Focus is no exception to this rule. The Focus feels solid on the road and offers good grip around the twistiness.
It also benefits from really accurate steering, and it does a great job of giving you feedback from the road, especially when you are driving at higher speeds; the last thing you want to do is drive a car that feels like it is floating on air! Cabin noise Early generations of the Focus weren’t particularly great at keeping cabin noise to a minimum, but luckily this third generation model doesn’t continue that unhappy trend.
Whether you are driving around town or going on a long motorway journey, this car will make sure you don’t hear much in the way of road or engine noise! Safety and security features Boasting a maximum 5-star rating from Euro NCAP, this new generation Ford Focus is equipped with a plethora of airbags, and even the basic model comes with electronic stability control.
It also comes equipped with a technological feature called “torque vectoring”, which basically means that it uses the electronic stability control and braking system to provide more power to the front wheel with the most traction. Its central locking system is pretty secure, and all models apart from the entry-level one have an alarm.
Reliability Ford used to have a reputation some years back for not building reliable cars, and while the body and engine are pretty solid, the interior isn’t as luxurious as you might have hoped for. You do have to remember that this is an everyday family car, not a luxurious supercar! You ought to pop down to your local dealer to check out the new Ford Focus for yourself!