The new Ford Focus is set to be the biggest new car launch of 2011 – and Which? has already driven it.
The Mk3 version of the big-selling family car will arrive on UK roads in March, priced from £15,885.
It’s not as daring in terms of design as the original 1998 model, but is still sleek and recognisable as a Focus.
Buyers will no longer be able to pick three-door hatchback or saloon versions. Instead, only five-door hatchback or estate body styles will be offered.
New Focus equipment
It will have a range four diesel engines – two 1.6- and two 2.0-litre units – and three petrol engines, including the powerful 1.6-litre, 148bhp EcoBoost. There is also a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed Powershift semi-auto gearboxes.
Ford has packed the new Focus with new technology to make it safer, greener and quieter than ever before, and it’s got a more upmarket interior.
Safety kit is plentiful. A Low Speed Safety System is optional on top-end models – this applies the brakes if it senses an imminent collision. Another system warns the driver if they are drifting out of lane – and steers the car back into line.