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Our Fleet: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi - February 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

Despite being one of the UK’s most popular cars, until now I had never set foot in a Focus.
I had always perceived them to be conservative and dare I say it, a little boring, however after only 2 weeks, I have fallen for the Focus’s charms.

It’s such a smooth ride and the biggest surprise is the room inside, easily big enough for a family of four going on a two week holiday or a group of girls off to Blackpool for the weekend.

There is plenty of storage space in the boot and I keep finding more space hidden around the Focus, for example the christened “coin box” that sits under the steering wheel. Not something I have seen before but why not?

There are storage compartments in both the front and the back and the glove compartment is a fair size too. My only concern is that you may forget where you left something with this many options.

The seats are comfortable and the interior is elegant, I particularly like the handbrake being adjacent to the gear stick rather than behind, I have surprisingly found it easier to use.

The feature I am most impressed with is the entertainment system with Bluetooth which not only wirelessly links up to your phone, but your Ipod too. It’s refreshingly easy to use and the controls are well thought out. The big buttons and stylish screen make the whole experience in the Focus feel more upmarket.

The only thing I had an issue with was the refilling cap, which caused a back-log in Morrison’s forecourt as I had to get out the manual to figure out how to get it to open.

The heated windscreen is an added bonus, especially as I was handed the keys only a few days before we enjoyed our annual snowfall. I couldn’t help but feel slightly smug watching my neighbours trying to deice the car whilst I merely clicked a button and waiting a few moments before setting off.

Unlike my colleague John Maslen, who failed to hit the 60mpg mark, I easily achieved 62mpg on a rural route and have found the Focus very economical. This may be down to women being better drivers (but best not open that can of worms).

I really do like the Focus and I am looking forward to the next 2 months with it, it is a car that has delivered on every level for me and continues to impress.

Author: Debbie Wood

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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