The refreshed model in the original 125 hp manual version returns to us after a long period of absence.
It may have been almost three years since we last tried one Ford Focus, but this does not mean that we have forgotten his driving talents.
Essentially, the car we had at our disposal concerns the renewed model of the fourth generation, characterized by the “relocation” of the company’s logo inside the front grille.
His renewed face Focus
The appearance changes of the Focus are small and are found in the details of the bumpers, the lighting bodies and the (standard) LED headlights, which incorporate the Automatic High Beam Control and Manoeuvring Light functions.
The same gentle breeze of tweaks would apply to the interior too, if one glaring change hadn’t been made. This concerns the central screen of the multimedia system, which now unfolds in landscape orientation to 13.2 inches of its diagonal, eclipsing everything else in this class.
Somehow the panel of the original version with the analog instruments and the small screen looks a little, although in richer versions there is the impressive digital panel that we have seen in Puma.
To multimedia system through it SYNC 4 supports navigation connected to cloud and control through voice commands with natural language understanding, while through the app Ford Pass the possibility of remote control is given, for the state of the vehicle and the operation Remote Start.
The new screen now integrates, in a thin bar at its base, the air conditioning functions, which freed up space at the base of the console, where four switches were now placed (luckily there is also the classic rotary control for the sound, while here “moved ” and the start button from its previous unfortunate position).
The seats offer fairly good lateral support, but we wish they had more seat, while the large side rotary control, which you’d expect to change the height, finally adjusts the lumbar support.
In terms of space, despite the “dynamic” silhouette of the roof with the low height, even five passengers will manage to get comfortable, thanks to the fairly flat configuration of the floor. The luggage space is equally good in the normal shape, which starts at 392 liters and can reach up to 1,354 liters by folding the back of the rear seats.
To his temperament Focus
The Focus from the first moment it was introduced it invested its change in its driving character, which has been preserved until today. In this case, the expertise of its engineers Ford it is reflected in the operation of the suspension and the feel of the steering wheel, while of course a full suite of safety and driver assistance systems could not be missing.
Despite its simplistic appearance, the semi-rigid rear axle, manages to offer great reaction precision and high levels of grip. Despite the tighter version settings ST–Lineno one will complain about the ride quality, while the reactions from transverse irregularities are not as intense as in other cars.
If the electronic stability systems could even be completely deactivated (yes, this once interested a portion of drivers with sporty pursuits), then the tail could show its “aliveness”, giving even more flexibility in tight turns.
At least the direct steering helps the driver in any case, which cannot be said about the brakes and gearbox. As far as the brakes are concerned, the (usually) initial dead travel of the middle pedal is immediately followed by a sharp “bite”, thus reducing their progressiveness.
On the other hand, the transmission has a good locking of the relationships, but the truth is that we have grown up and automatic transmissions have become so good that they are now must a good automatic transmission.
If from 2019 we had to see one Focusthen for the 1,000th EcoBoost of 125 hp we have to go even further back, since in recent years he had been combined in the magazine’s garage with the Fiesta and Puma.
In the intervening space, therefore, it was combined (and) in Focus with mild hybrid 48V system. The 11.5 starter/generator kW it works as an aid to acceleration, while when you let off the gas you perceive the energy recovery of the system, which charges the small lithium-ion battery.
Somehow, the moderate driver can keep the average consumption around 7.5 lt./100 km, while with a little effort it can even go down to around 6 lt./100 km. Despite the small displacement and the weight exceeds 1.3 tons, no concessions need to be made.
At high rpm there are satisfactory power margins, while the elasticity in the middle operating range is very good, as at 170 Nm of the engine are added 30 Nm through its operation overboost and 10 more Nm through the hybrid e–assist.
In the commercial arena
Since 2019, a lot has changed, especially in terms of cost. The one we have is the original version of it Focus 1.0 125 PS ST–Line of 28,070 euros, where the addition of an automatic transmission raises the cost to 30,745 euros, while there are also the more powerful variants of the same engine with 155 hp, at 30,353 euros and 33,026 euros, for the automatic variant.
At this level of money it’s still worth taking a look at the tall version Active with the 1,500 diesel of 115 hp and an 8-speed automatic transmission (if the request is the low cost of use in annual distances that exceed 20,000 km).
The Ford Focus it continues to belong to that closed club of cars that, without the need for earth-shattering specs, can make you feel good just by driving them. You don’t need to go fast to appreciate the quality of the ride, which becomes apparent once you pick up the pace.
Beyond that, the rest of the package includes a “sweet” engine from its era downsizinga spacious cabin and an eye-catching screen, while the only thing we would add is definitely an automatic transmission._ 4T
FORD FOCUS 1.0T 125 PS MHEV
DISPLACEMENT: 999 cc >MAX. POWER: 125 hp/6,000 rpm >MAX. TORQUE: 200 Nm/1,750 rpm >TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual >DRIVE: Front wheels >FRONT SUSPENSION: MacPherson struts >REAR SUSPENSION: Semi-rigid axle >DIMENSIONS: 4,392x1.825x1,459 mm >WHEEL BASE: 2,700 mm. >WEIGHT: 1,330 kg >LUGGAGE: 392-1,354 lt. >0-100 KM/H: 12.5 min. >TOP SPEED: 184 km/h >AVERAGE TEST CONSUMPTION: 7.5 l/100 km >EMISSIONS CO2: 119 g/km >TIMH: From 28,070 euros
PHOTOS: THANOS ILIOPOULOS