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Our Fleet: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi - April 2012

Ford
BIK List Price
£19,665
Ford Focus BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Ford Focus BIK Percent
CO2
109g/km
Ford Focus CO2
Combined MPG
67.3
Ford Focus MPG

Review

For me as a driver, it is the little things that make all the difference, and in the Focus there is plenty to smile about.

From the sporty grille and the retro entertainment system, to the flashy automatic side mirrors and the advanced safety technology. The Focus oozes style and sophistication which, when you consider the price tag, puts it well ahead of most of its rivals.

The Focus is coming to the end of its stint here at Fleet News and it is with a heavy heart that I hand the keys back to our sister magazine, AM.

The team at Brentwood seemed to have spent a lot of time refining every button and defining each line on the Focus which certainly shows. Fleets will be hard to find a more complete company car than the Focus.

It seems that our awards judging panel agree with me, the Focus won Best Lower Medium Car at this year’s Fleet News Awards, with the judges praising the cars low running costs, safety innovations and attractive looks.

There are a few technology niggles discussed in previous reviews and the engine could do with a little more power but this hasn’t dampened my view. The Focus looks great, drives great and with the P11D price for our long termer under £20,000, the price is great too.

Keyless entry makes life easy and I have found the start-stop system to be more responsive than other cars I have tested recently, even despite the cold weather we had in February.

March registrations demonstrated the continued popularity of the Focus with it being the third most purchased car that month, beaten only by the Corsa and its sister car, the Fiesta.

And so the success story for the Focus and Ford continues, we wait with anticipation on what the future holds, but surely they cannot top the success of the latest model?

Can they?

Driver Notes

Winter Driving
I picked up the keys to the Focus just as the cold snap started and found the Focus to respond really well to the snow and icy conditions, I felt safe and the handling was consistently good.
Driver appeal
This car looks great, it's sporty appearance seems to be well thought out from the chassis to the light design.
Fuel costs
I have found the Focus to be fairly economical achieving around 54mpg on usual journeys, however on more urban roads I have easily achieved over 60mpg.
Safety Features
Our Focus comes with a safety pack which includes a lane departure warning (plus an intervention setting), rear blindspot monitoring system, road sign monitoring, automatic braking intervention and a driver alertness monitor. I have not yet tested all of this kit but early signs are good - the only feature that has raised concerns is the road sign monitoring which identifies signs on roads you are not intending to travel on.
Top Speed
120mph
Ford Focus Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Ford Focus Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Ford Focus Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £6,125
4 Year 80k : £4,500
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 34.71
4 Year 80k : 31.51

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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