Ford Focus Estate Pre Model Zetec 1.6 TDCi 115ps (Start-Stop) 5dr Car Review - March 2012

REVIEW
List Price: £20,095
Tax Band: B
Insurance Group: 15
MPG: 67.3
CO2: 109
0-62 Mph: 11.0 secs
BHP: 114 BHP
Range: 785 miles
CarSite Verdict:  3.75/5
This car is exceptional when considering fuel consumption. The car has a lot to offer both on standard features of the car as well as additional extras. The car is also particularly inexpensive to run due to low CO2 emissions. The initial pay out may seem expensive but future expenditures will be low, making it a good investment for long term ownership.

PROS:  This large family estate vehicle can comfortably seat five occupants and is easily accessible as it has five doors. The car reached a maximum five star rating from NCAP and practicality is good for families with engine offering great efficiency and the boot offering plenty of space for luggage.

CONS:  This car is not cheap to purchase at £19,695. It does not have climate control or cruise control, and in terms of appearance and style this car does not offer leather seats whilst a metallic paint finish costs £525. For extras such as rear parking sensors an additional £225 will be added to the purchase price of the car and this means the total costs could be even higher.

Behind the Wheel

Despite the car being eco friendly and producing a small 109 g/kmof CO2, performance credentials are fairly high and the car runs fairly quickly, reaching an impressive top speed of 120 mph. Accelerating from 0-62 mph takes just 11.1 seconds - which is good for a car of this class - and is fed power by an efficienct and well refined 113 bhp engine.

Looks & Equipment

The external appearance of the car seems quite sophisticated with alloy wheels featuring as standard throughout the range. To enhance the style of the car metallic paint is an option for drivers that are willing to fork out an additional £525.

Rear parking sensors can also be purchased for £225, which could be a worthwhile investment with the potential of scratching or bumping the car.

The safety features of this car are impressive and this is reflected in the 5 star rating by NCAP. The vehicle is fitted with driver airbags, passenger airbags and front side airbags to provide maximum safety. The alarm and central locking also protect the vehicle against thefts.

Leather seats are not available for added comfort on this vehicle, but the car is refined with Bluetooth, MP3 connectivity and CD player as standard features within the model. Satellite navigation could be fitted for an extra £750.

This vehicle has air conditioning and electric door mirrors and electric front windows operate with this car.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

For a large family the car, this model provides generous boot space. When the seats are folded there is 1,502 litres of space on offer and when the seats are upright there is still a decent 476 litre capacity available.

The car's security is well established and with central locking drivers are far more likely to lock their car when they leave it unattended, and as the car is fitted with an alarm in the event of a break in of any sort the car is more likely to be protected.

The Ford Focus Estate Zetec 1.6 TDCi 115ps (Start-Stop) 5dr is covered under warranty for three years, or up to 60,000 miles.

As there are airbags fitted in the three key areas at no extra cost both driver and passengers have increased safety when travelling in the car.

Value for Money

This car is available for £19,695 brand new and will be covered under warranty for three years and up to 60,000 miles - making it ideal for long term ownership.

The running costs of this vehicle are sure to appeal to families that are looking for a fuel-efficient car. This car runs on average at 67.3 mpg keeping fuel costs to an absolute minimum. The minimal CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km also mean that road tax will be exceptionally low, falling under road tax band B.

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