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Our Fleet: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi - March 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

Safety and emissions are on the top of the list for fleet operators when selecting vehicles and it is not hard to see what makes the Focus such a popular choice as a fleet car.

When it comes to safety, Ford are offering considerable value for money with the optional ‘safety pack’ that we have on our long termer.

For £750 the pack includes lane departure warning (plus an intervention setting), rear blind spot monitoring system, road sign monitoring, automatic braking intervention and a driver alertness monitor.

There are a few teething issues with some of the features, for example, the road sign monitoring can pick up side road signs instead of the road you are travelling down.

I was driving down the M25 towards Heathrow and the speed limit was showing through the road sign monitoring as 130mph – luckily I didn’t follow its advice on that occasion.

The lane departure and driver alertness monitor will work on only conventional roads, the technology starts to get confused when driving over roads with multiple lines going across the lanes.

But most of the time is a really good piece of kit because if nothing else, it will flag up to the driver that he or she has been driving enough time to start to be distracted which subsequently prompts them to take a break every half an hour.

My favourite feature to the safety pack is the automatic full beam, when you are driving in an unlit road at night, the lights, when set to auto, will automatically switch to full beam when you are alone and then back to normal when it detects cars ahead. I am not the biggest fan of driving at night and this bit of kit is particularly good for me.

The environment is also a top consideration in the Focus with emissions at a competitive 109g/km and fuel consumption at 67mpg. I have managed to go over 60mpg in the Focus which is quite respectable considering I only just achieved this in the Ibiza which official mpg was billed at 81mpg.

Overall, the more I drive the car, the more I like it and can fully appreciate why it is so popular.

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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