What's Changed On The All-New Ford Focus?
Added: 17 May 2018
Ford have overhauled their family favourite hatchback for 2018 and as it just so happens it is the 20th anniversary of the Focus this year so they’ve gone the extra mile with this one. For a starting price of £17,930 you’ll get an all-new look, more tech than ever before and additional trims to choose from.
With the Focus being edged out of the top two spots in last years’ new car registration statistics and now with more rivals than ever to compete with, Ford have hit back with their all-new fourth generation Focus.
Here at Fordthorne, we’re committed to providing our customers with the information they need when interested in a car, so let us take you through the features and figures of the 2018 Ford Focus so you can make the right decision for you.
Ford claim that they have started from a clean slate when designing the 2018 Ford Focus. Now it certainly does look more different than any other new Focus that’s been released in recent years, however the most observant of Ford fans will be able to tell that from the nose of the car there’s definitely still a look of the old Focus heritage about it.
Looking at other areas of the exterior design the proportions of the car appear to have matured somewhat. The cabin now sits much further back in comparison to the last model and the a-pillars are tilted backwards instead of being upright as seen before.
Next there’s the noticeably longer bonnet that gives the car a more dominant look. This is heightened further on the higher specification models with the introduction of lower suspension, wider bodywork and larger wheels.
What’s most apparent when you get in the new Focus is the eight-inch touchscreen that incorporates Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system with connectivity options including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. Ford have also introduced their brand new FordPass Connect system where you can fire up a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices as well as live updates for your satellite navigation.
The design throughout the interior has taken influence heavily from the latest Fiesta with material quality and driving position also not being too far removed from the Focuses younger sibling.
Unlike the Fiesta however, there’s a lot more room for passengers in this Focus than previous models. Ford have pressed the dashboard forwards to what seems as much as possible which in turn has freed up a lot more leg room all round. There’s also more rear knee and shoulder room thanks to the 53mm longer wheelbase.
In an attempt to restore the fun driver-involvement of the original Focus, Ford have used their new C2 platform on the Mk4 which for most models will feature an independent rear suspension like the original car. The suspension is also enhanced by Continuously Controlled Damping which is designed to monitor the shock absorbers, body roll, steering and braking adjusting them depending on the situation for optimum comfort.
Additional driver support tech includes Evasive Steering Assist, Blind Spot monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert and Wrong Way Alert, inflatable seatbelts and also Post-Collision Braking. Ford have also impressed by offering buyers for the first time full-LED headlights that come with a matrix feature to stop blinding other people out on the road – the beam can also be widened at junctions for higher visibility.
Another notable new tech feature is the super-bright head-up display option which Ford say is the only HUD available on the market that can be seen and read clearly whilst wearing polarized glasses.
Under the newly elongated bonnet you’ll find the usual range of economical petrol and diesel engines which all come with stop/start fitted as standard. The main unit will be a 1.0 EcoBoost in 84bhp, 99bhp and 123bhp outputs, with the lowest CO2 emission being as little as 108g/km.
If you’re looking for more power behind the wheel then you may well be more inclined to go for Ford’s new 1.5-litre EcoBoost which comes with 148bhp or 180bhp depending on which unit you pick. For the diesel fans out there Ford have included a range of new EcoBlue engines with two 1.5-litre cars with 94bhp or 118bhp and a more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre. A new auto-transmission box is available as an option on the 123bhp 1.0-litre and 148bhp 1.5-litre petrols, as well as the 118bhp 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels.
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