Why driver appeal matters for the new Ford Focus



  • Ford Focus

    The Focus is up to 88kg lighter than it was but 20% stiffer overall

Matt Prior

How does the new Ford Focus look?

It’s not striking in the same way as Toyota’s new Auris, but there’s enough modernity to keep the Focus looking fresh at the start of what will be the next seven or eight years on sale.

New Ford Focus unveiled as ‘most advanced’ model yet

Design aside, things move on as you’d expect: continually downsized engines, more weight taken out of the body-in-white and a car that will likely just improve the breed as new cars tend to do. If there’s a disappointment, for me it’s that there’s no part-electrification of the powertrains from the very start, but it’s coming.

If there’s something to savour, it’s that Ford knows how seriously its customers take the fact that its cars are engaging and fun to drive. So while talk of new tech and it being the most advanced car in the class is great, the thing I’m most looking forward to is finding out what it’s like from behind the wheel.

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But the lower power versions

But the lower power versions have lost the indy rear suspension. This is a backwards step – not that most customers know or care, of course.

LP in Brighton

What really matters

I’m sure that the new Focus’s handling matters a great deal to Autocar and some of its more enthusiastic readers. But back in the real world I’d suggest what really matters are the three “R”s, residual values, reliability and repair costs. The vast majority of these cars will be purchased by fleet managers for whom the cost of ownership is all important. It’s pretty much taken for granted that any major manufacturer can build a car that handles safely, is easy to drive and reasonably comfortable.

That’s what really matters, not 0-60mph times, Nurburgring lap times or high speed turn in.     



… I would never ever buy / choose any car – big or small – that was not FUN to drive and that did not handle well.


Always the No1 requirement from me.


Then everything else falls into place.


Probably why I have never owned an Audi…..


Re: Thekrankis

But regarding the factors which LP pointed out, you are an Autocar reader and therefore in the minority.

I don’t need to put my name here, it’s on the left


Peter Cavellini

This just seen!!!

 Watched a four minute walk round, certainly made some major improvements inside, the exterior is just evolution nothing else, if it drives as well as it looks Fords on to a winner…again!

Peter Cavellini.



Surely you realise that your so called “opinion” articles are now seen as nothing more than worthless click bait, so instead of increasing website traffic you are actually driving us away? 


Driveability of Focus

I own the MK11 version and find it to be a very comfortable and composed car.  Also owned the much maligned Probe which was beautiful to behold and a lovely drive but it had too many mechanical issues.  Seems reliability in Fords of late has improved.  If Ford could match the likes of Toyota and Honda and provide great customer service, it would be onto a winner.






Whether it ‘handles’ or not…

…it will still sell big, in the UK at least.

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