The Ford Focus is one of Ireland’s favourite hatchbacks and has been a consistent bestseller since launch back in 1998. Though the current Ford Focus is due to be replaced before the end of 2018, the popularity of this model shows no signs of abating and there are deals to be had on a well-specced Ford Focus that make it look like very good value indeed.
In 2017, Ford added a new ST-Line sporty trim to key models like Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Kuga. I recently got behind the wheel of a Ford Focus ST-Line 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp.
ST-Line lends the Focus a very attractive sporty makeover with the addition of a body kit, rear diffuser, 17” ‘Rock’ metallic alloy wheels and black sports grille. Front fog lamps come as standard and the daytime running lights are LED.
Inside, there are sports seats with red stitching, a flat bottomed steering wheel, aluminium sports pedals and black headliner. Equipment includes manual air conditioning, heated windscreen, and electric windows, though my car had notables like cruise control (€150) and the SYNC 2 8” infotainment system (€575) added as options.
Under the skin there is a sports suspension but ride quality is still very good. On the road the Ford Focus shows real composure and finesse. The steering is fluid and elastic and the car changes direction with stunning precision and loads of grip. Refinement is also very good on the move, and the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel has a lovely spread of power.
Other engine options include the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with 100hp or 125hp, and a 1.5-litre diesel with 120hp. The best for economy is the 1.5-litre diesel with fuel economy a claimed 3.8l/100km.
It’s in the interior that the Ford Focus is starting to show its age, as the infotainment, quality and design is starting to fall behind newer rivals like the revamped Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra. Still, it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel and when specced with the right equipment the Ford Focus is still an appealing car. Interior accommodation is good but the boot falls some way behind class leaders at 316 litres with a mini spare wheel, but a more respectable 363 with a tyre repair kit.
It’s always a pleasure to get behind the wheel of the Ford Focus again. The car has aged but still remains competitive and it’s easy to see why it’s a consistent top buy for Irish motorists.
Model tested: Ford Focus ST-Line 2.0TDCi
Price: €27,670 (Range from €25,175)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
0-100km/h: 8.9 seconds
Top speed: 212km/h
CO2 emissions: 105g/km
Motor tax: €190 per year