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An energetic ride with tight handling, aerodynamic design and comfortable interiors make Ford Focus a good choice among compact sedans.
When Ford Focus was introduced in 2000, it became a strong contender in the compact car segment. So much so, that it was able to dominate over its Japanese competitors. Ford Focus rose to the top by offering a stylish profile, lavish, comfortable interiors, tight handling, precise steering and a host of standard features. It was also available in multiple body styles and a range of engines to choose from.
Today, the Ford Focus is available either as a sedan or a hatchback. Options under the hood include a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine or a turbocharge 1.0 liter three cylinder engine and a six speed automatic transmission available for the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. For 2016, Ford Focus has introduced a new SYNC 3 technology that allows drivers to make phone calls, change radio stations, set navigation routes, etc via voice activation so that they can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
In 2015,Ford Focus overhauled its front end and replaced it with a wide-mouth grille that complemented its swooping lines, curvy exterior and arching roofline. This year, Ford adds an updated trunk lid and new rear lamps.
Customization is the name of the game for Ford Focus. Aside from being available either as a four door sedan or a practical five door hatchback, there are also three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. Plus there's the Focus Electric, the Focus ST (for the sports minded) and a new high performance Focus called the Focus RS.
Ford's base model, the Focus S, is offered only as a sedan. It has 15-inch steel wheels, integrated blind-spot mirrors and keyless entry. Step it up to the SE model and get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, body-color exterior mirrors and door handles. Want more? The hatchback Focus SE includes a rear spoiler and a removeable package tray. Still want more? The SE Luxury package upgrades the wheels to 17-inch alloy wheels and also adds rear disc brakes, fog lights and LED running lights, while the SE Sport package adds a sporty body kit, 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels and H-rated tires to the mix. Other SE options include; a sunroof, a keyless-entry pad and remote start. And, if that isn't enough, the Titanium model offers all the features of the SE Luxury package and Navigation package, plus a remote start, a rear spoiler, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, keyless-entry keypad, automatic high-beam headlight control and safety alerts. The Titanium model can also be upgraded with 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size spare tire and a sunroof. Lastly, the Focus Electric mimics the Titanium, but also includes exclusive xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps.
Power and Performance:
Ford Focusis most commonly powered by a 2.0 liter direct-injected four cylinder engine that outputs 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The front wheel drive can be paired with either a five speed manual transmission or a six speed PowerShift dual clutch automatic. Some models, including the Focus ST, get a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which outputs 252 horsepower.
The 5-speed manual has a fuel efficiency rating of 9.2 L/100 kms in the city and 6.6 L/100 kms on highways. The 6-speed PowerShift automatic is rated at 8.9 L/ 100 kms City and 6.0 L/100 kms Highways.
The turbocharged EcoBoost is a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine that produces 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency rating for this is pegged at 7.8 L/100 kms in the city and 5.7 L/100 kms on highways, with a combined rating of 6.9 L/100 kms.
The Focus Electric runs on a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery pack producing 143 horsepower (107 kilowatts). The front wheel drive has a single speed direct-drive transmission. With a 240-volt home charger, Focus Electric can be recharged in 4 hours. EPA rates the Electric with an energy consumption estimate of 32 kWh per 160 kms with a driving range of 122 kms.
Interiors and Special Features:
The well-equipped Ford Focus features power front windows, power locks and mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio support and, new this year, is the SYNC 3 touchscreen interface which replaces the MyFord Touch system. This revamped menu system has characteristics similar to a Smartphone.
The sedan version of the Focus offers spacious cargo at 373.8 litres. The 60/40 split rear helps to transport larger/longer items. The hatchback version offers 659.6 litres of space, which further expands to 1242.6 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Ford Electric has a rear-mounted battery pack, which unfortunately affects trunk space, leaving its capacity at only 373.8 litres.
Ford has always had impressive safety credentials, and the 2016 Ford Focus is no different. Standard safety features include front side airbags and side curtain airbags, an antilock brake system and stability control. Additional safety features such as a Blind Spot Information System and lane-keeping options are also available.
Overall, the 2016 Ford Focus is an easy choice when selecting a compact sedan. It's a car that is packed with energy, features, comfort and safety.