Trendy hatch with a boost

Ford’s focus on big car power, small car economy.

Ford’s focus on big car power, small car economy.

FORD have followed a clear plan with their Ford Focus Trend Eco Boost. Driving should be fun and with this sporty hatch it definitely is.

It would be really interesting to give people a blind test on the Trend Turbo and then ask them the size of the motor. The majority would be excused for thinking they were driving an engine with a capacity of 2 or even 2.5 litres from the response, acceleration, and power.

It would be a surprise then to learn that the Trend Eco Boost is powered by a 1.5 litre engine but the skill of the Ford engineering team means it has a potent 132kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque.

Some reviewers have reported accelerating from 0 to 100kmh in a highly respectable 8.5 seconds.

This takes it away from the small hatch category to the boundaries of a sports hatch.

In another nod to the engineering team, they have kept the fuel consumption down to a claimed 6.2 litres/100km, allowing Ford’s marketing to state that you don’t have to choose between power and economy — you can have both.

Everything about the drive experience is easy and enjoyable. The six-speed transmission, which has a sports option, works seamlessly without any lag when changing down or hesitation when working up through the gears.

The Focus is packed full of safety features to five-star ANCAP standard, with six airbags, anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, torque vectoring control and an electronic stability programme.

Then there is the handling. The vehicle is light and easy to handle and the sports suspension top class.

The cabin has been redesigned to play its part in making the driving effortless and enjoyable, with a high driving position, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel.

All the basic comfort features like dual zone climate control, sat navigation on an eight-inch touch screen that dominates the centre of the dashboard, a trip computer with instantaneous fuel consumption readout, a six-speaker audio system and cruise control with an adjustable speed limiting device, are all readily at hand.

With a 60/40 rear seat split there is an acceptable 316 litres of boot space available.

Topping all that is the latest Sync Three system, the ultimate in voice control which is compatible with all the latest smart phone aps.

The Ford Focus is probably a little undervalued in this country, whereas overseas it is a major seller. The Focus Trend Eco Boost could be just the job to change that.

FORD have followed a clear plan with their Ford Focus Trend Eco Boost. Driving should be fun and with this sporty hatch it definitely is.

It would be really interesting to give people a blind test on the Trend Turbo and then ask them the size of the motor. The majority would be excused for thinking they were driving an engine with a capacity of 2 or even 2.5 litres from the response, acceleration, and power.

It would be a surprise then to learn that the Trend Eco Boost is powered by a 1.5 litre engine but the skill of the Ford engineering team means it has a potent 132kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque.

Some reviewers have reported accelerating from 0 to 100kmh in a highly respectable 8.5 seconds.

This takes it away from the small hatch category to the boundaries of a sports hatch.

In another nod to the engineering team, they have kept the fuel consumption down to a claimed 6.2 litres/100km, allowing Ford’s marketing to state that you don’t have to choose between power and economy — you can have both.

Everything about the drive experience is easy and enjoyable. The six-speed transmission, which has a sports option, works seamlessly without any lag when changing down or hesitation when working up through the gears.

The Focus is packed full of safety features to five-star ANCAP standard, with six airbags, anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, torque vectoring control and an electronic stability programme.

Then there is the handling. The vehicle is light and easy to handle and the sports suspension top class.

The cabin has been redesigned to play its part in making the driving effortless and enjoyable, with a high driving position, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel.

All the basic comfort features like dual zone climate control, sat navigation on an eight-inch touch screen that dominates the centre of the dashboard, a trip computer with instantaneous fuel consumption readout, a six-speaker audio system and cruise control with an adjustable speed limiting device, are all readily at hand.

With a 60/40 rear seat split there is an acceptable 316 litres of boot space available.

Topping all that is the latest Sync Three system, the ultimate in voice control which is compatible with all the latest smart phone aps.

The Ford Focus is probably a little undervalued in this country, whereas overseas it is a major seller. The Focus Trend Eco Boost could be just the job to change that.

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