Ford Focus Pre Model Studio 1.6 5dr Car Review - March 2012

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List Price: £13,995
Tax Band: E
Insurance Group: 7
MPG: 47.9
CO2: 136
0-62 Mph: 14.9 secs
Range: 580 miles
CarSite Verdict:  3.75/5
This car is quite standard and basic for a medium sized family car but as it has been awarded the maximum of 5 stars from NCAP the car will cover the necessary safety features that are important with a family vehicle. The car costs £13,995 brand new, which is quite good for a car of this type.

PROS:  For a medium sized car it is no surprise the vehicle seats five occupants and has five doors. The car has air conditioning, which is ideal for families in the summer months. Alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, electric front windows and MP3 connectivity are some of the other standard features that this model comes with. This car also has more boot space available than typical small family cars.

CONS:  There is not the option to have metallic paint with this vehicle and for drivers that like to prevent the chance of bumps or scratches the car does not offer rear parking sensors.

Behind the Wheel

The car has a power output of 84 bhp and a top speed of 106 mph. Its fuel consumption is quite average at 47.9mpg, so drivers should not expect a car that is going to save them money on fuel, but equally the car is not going to costs huge amounts to run.

The car produces very little noise as the engine is well refined and this improves the quality of the car's drive.

Looks & Equipment

MP3 connectivity and CD players are standard features with this model, increasing in car entertainment and enjoyment throughout the journey of the car. The car does not have rear parking sensors, which can be an inconvenience for drivers that like guidance when parking in small spaces.

Whilst the car does have alloy wheels to make the appearnace more stylish there is not the option of metallic paint for the exterior. The car has stability control to make turning corners and bends far more agile and comfortable. Air conditioning is also a standard feature making it more convenient for families especially on long journeys but there is no option to upgrade this to climate control, making its effectiveness limited.

Electric door mirrors and electric front windows are also fitted as standard with the Ford Focus Studio 1.6 5dr.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

The car has more generous boot space than smaller family cars. When the car’s rear seats are upright there is 316 litres whilst a 1,101 litre capacity available when seats are folded down.

Should the car have any problems or faults during the first three years of owning the vehicle, it will be covered under warranty - providing mileage is under 60,000 miles.

In terms of safety the car includes passenger airbags, driver airbags and side airbags to ensure all occupants have maximum protection in the event of an accident. The car can be easily locked with central locking but although this is standard throughout all models, the car does not have an alarm, which is not ideal should it be targeted for theft.

As the car can take five occupants and has five doors the Ford Focus Studio 1.6 5dr meets the basic requirements that most families look for when buying a car to suit the family.

Value for Money

This Ford Focus model is available from £13,995 when bought brand new. The car falls in to tax band E, making it not especially cheap to tax. The average price to purchase the car, and the average fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg make this car a decent buy representing great value for money.

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