Words by Declan Glynn

The All-New Ford Focus arrived in Ireland late last summer to much applause and acclaim.

This latest version of the Ford Focus delivers more style, space and advanced driving technologies for mid-size family car customers than ever before.

The new Focus also introduces a comprehensive range of advanced driving technologies that can help drivers make light work of stop-start traffic, see more clearly when driving in the dark, park simply by holding down a button, and avoid accidents.

Aerodynamic Silhouette

The sporty new Focus silhouette is the most aerodynamic in its class. Athletic and dynamic, with a long bonnet and muscular rear haunches, each model in the range is differentiated with unique elements.

There are five trim levels to choose from – Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium, Vignale, and Active, while award-winning petrol and diesel engines are available across the range, along with a choice of 6-speed manual, or 8-speed automatic gearboxes.

Review Car

My review car was a new Ford Focus 5-door in sporty ST-Line specification, and was fitted with a 1.5-litre EcoBlue (turbo-diesel) engine, mated to a slick 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Finished in stunning ‘Desert Island Blue’ metallic paint, the car really stood out from the crowd – thanks in no small part to its standard ST-Line styling kit with dual chrome exhausts. Other standard features include ST-Line scuff plates, auto lights & wipers, front LED fog lights with cornering feature, Pre-collision Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert with Lane Departure Warning, cruise control, sports seats & trim, ST-Line flat bottom steering wheel & sports pedals, sports suspension, Ford power starter button, manual air conditioning, electronic parking brake, centre armrest, Ford MyKey, and selectable drive modes.

Optional features fitted to my review car included a FordPass Connect Modem, 8” SYNC 3 touchscreen with Navigation, Ford Co-Pilot 360 (adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering & Traffic Jam Stop & Go Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Alert, and Traffic Sign Recognition), Design Pack (18” Katana alloy wheels, fixed LED headlights, and privacy glass), open-able panoramic roof, wireless charging, heads-up display, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), and Enhanced Active Park Assist (including a rear view camera).

Driving Dynamics

On the road, the 120PS (118bhp) engine in my review car really sparkled. With 300Nm of torque available, this EcoBlue engine is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 10.0-seconds, with a top speed of 196km/h achieveable.

On a combined driving cycle, this engine can consume as little as 4.5-litres of diesel for every 100km’s driven, while a carbon emission figure of 139g/km leads to annual road tax of just €280.

Excellent driving dynamics ensure that the new Ford Focus provides a terrific driving experience on all kinds of road surface, while allowing the car to retain the confident handling characteristics of the previous generation model.

Spacious Interior

The all-new Focus also provides more space inside for passengers and luggage. An additional 5 centimetres of length between the front and rear wheels allows class-leading knee clearance for rear seat passengers, and all occupants benefit from the wider interior – with 6 centimetres more shoulder room in the rear. The impression of spaciousness is enhanced with a rear door design featuring windows that stretch further back for a more open sensation, and an open-able panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior (a €1,410 option on my review car).

Attractively Priced

The new Ford Focus is extremely well priced, with the range starting at just €22,513 (ex-delivery) for the Focus Zetec 1.0-litre EcoBoost model. The sporty ST-Line model starts at €23,525 (ex-delivery) and represents outstanding value for money. All new Ford passenger cars are covered by Ford’s excellent 7-Year/100,000km warranty.