Ford Focus 1.6 TiVCT 4dr Titanium Review
Sheep in Wolf's clothing

Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr
12 Oct 2015
 

Introduction

A friend of mine just bought a new 2015 Ford Focus. I asked him what had made him choose it over the other car he was looking at, a Mazda 3. "It looks like an Aston Martin from the front, and it is cheap," he said.

You can't argue with that. But the saying "cheap and good", isn't just about cheap. And although Ford has come up with a mid-sized saloon that looks great, has reasonable specs (folding mirrors! voice control!) and offers some tasty extras as standard at a highly competitive price, it doesn't quite hit the mark in other aspects. The overall impression of the Focus is that its design and specification have been overseen by accountants, not designers or engineers.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1596cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.1:1
Bore x Stroke (79 x 81.4)mm
Power 123bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 159Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 86.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 195 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4538 x 2010 x 1456) mm
Wheelbase 2648 mm
Kerb Weight 1415 kg
Boot Capacity 374 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs