Under the bonnet

Use the key (yes, you still have to open it this way) to open the bonnet and it’s a somewhat familiar sight. No changes under the new hood - as before, the base Focus’ 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine churns out 100bhp and 150Nm. Honestly, the output figures are far from class-leading to say the least.

With 1235kg to haul, the engine struggles to cope when asked to perform. Floor the right pedal from rest and the Focus will reach 100km/h 13.6 seconds later - a time which is eclipsed by cheaper Japanese alternatives, like the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 and Honda Civic 1.6.

While outright performance is far from impressive, the engine redeems itself with a healthy dose of torque at low engine speeds. This means you need not use too much revs just to extract the best from whatever the engine has on hand.  In terms of refinement, the four-pot is about average when compared to its other rivals. Noise insulation remains good, but the engine note could do with a bit more flair and inspiration.

Hooked up to the engine is a four-speed automatic gearbox. The lack of an extra one or two forward ratio compounds the engine’s lack of performance even further – it means that the gearing is far apart, thus compromising the overall performance. There’s also the manual selection mode, but to be brutally honest, they might as well don’t bother – sadly, the ‘box will pause for a moment or two before reacting to your gear change commands.


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Engine Capacity 1596cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 100bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 150Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 81 bhp per ton


Acceleration 13.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4481 x 1839 x 1497) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Kerb Weight 1235 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums