2018 Ford Focus

  • 30th May 2018 by SGDriver
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Meet the new Ford Focus. It has been overhauled for 2018 to coincide with the Focus’s 20th anniversary. It’s got a brand-new look, more tech and toys and more trim options

Take a quick glance at the new Focus, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this isn’t the clean-sheet design Ford claims. From the nose there’s a clear look of the old car, but stare harder and you realise it’s more than just a clever reboot.

Along the sides, that clean-sheet mentality is more evident. The theme of the car is simple – there’s one line from the bumper that stretches back and disappears into the rear door.

Look at the new Focus from the rear, and there are shades of BMW 1 Series in its stance – and indeed some Mercedes A-Class in the dimensions and looks. The Focus badge has been replaced with chrome letters spaced out across the bootlid. It looks more premium than before and the spacing the letters out helps give that look

Ford also claims that the new electric power steering is sharper and more responsive than ever. Consider the fact that the new car is 20 per cent stiffer, and it’s clear Ford wants to regain its crown of having the best-handling family hatchback.

Other driver aids include Evasive Steering Assist, Blind Spot monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert and Wrong Way Alert, plus there’s Ford MyKey, inflatable seatbelts and Post-Collision Braking. You’ll find improved versions of Active Park Assist and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, too.

The Focus offers full-LED headlights with a matrix function to prevent dazzling other drivers. These can also widen the beam at junctions for better visibility.

Under the bonnet every Focus offers the usual selection of petrol and diesel engines – all with stop/start as standard. The key petrol will be the 1.0 EcoBoost in 84bhp, 99bhp and 123bhp outputs, with CO2 emissions as low as 108g/km.

Those after a little more punch will need the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost, which comes in 148bhp and 180bhp guises. There’s also a range of new EcoBlue diesels – two 1.5-litre cars with 94bhp or 118bhp and a powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre. The new auto box will be optional on the 123bhp 1.0 and 148bhp 1.5 petrols, as well as the 118bhp 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels.

All UK Focus models will get Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, which incorporates an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. The Focus also introduces the brand’s new FordPass Connect system that includes a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices and Live updates for the sat-nav.Wireireless phone charging also makes an appearance in the Focus for the first time.

The interior design takes a big leaf out of the latest Fiesta’s book, with the cabin focused around a large touch-screen. Material quality of the pre-production car you see in the pictures was decent enough and there’s a great, low-slung driving position.

High-spec models come with the choice of a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed auto with a Jaguar-style rotary gear selector. A new electric handbrake (which is standard on autos and high-spec manual models) also frees up more space inside.

Unsurprisingly, there’s more room for passengers and luggage, too. The dashboard has been pushed as far forwards as possible to maximise room up front, and there’s more rear knee and shoulder room, thanks to a 53mm longer wheelbase. The flat floor offers more space for middle seat passengers.

As a result, it could well be the perfect family car for you, Go check it out yourself.