Ford Focus Pre Model Zetec S 1.6 T EcoBoost 5dr Car Review - March 2012

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List Price: £20,900
Tax Band: E
Insurance Group: 25
MPG: 47.9
CO2: 137
0-62 Mph: 7.9 secs
BHP: 180 BHP
Range: 580 miles
CarSite Verdict:  4/5
This car is well equipped with lots of technological advances to satisfy its driver and passengers. The car is costly perhaps as a result of these extras. As the car is not especially cheap to run in terms of fuel consumption this price seems expensive, as drivers are not going to have the benefit of exceptional miles to the gallon when driving, as the car reaches an average of 47.1 mpg.

PROS:  This car has been awarded the maximum five star rating in the NCAP safety tests which provides drivers and families with the peace of mind that they are investing in a safe medium sized family car. The car has a great range of kit as standard with a high number of safety features also fitted.

CONS:  This car will not fall into the category of eco-friendly cars with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km. The car is also quite expensive for a medium-sized family car at a price of £20,495.

Behind the Wheel

The car can reach a top speed of 138mph, giving the driver a lot of power when behind the wheel of this vehicle. Therefore, it is no surprise the car is fast, taking just 7.9 seconds to travel from 0-62 mph.

The car also boasts excellent noise suppression making the drive an enjoyable and smooth experience and acting as a testament to the strong refinement of the engine.

Looks & Equipment

MP3 connectivity, Bluetooth and CD players are standard features with this model, increasing in car entertainment and enjoyment throughout the journey of the car. This car can also provides drivers with satellite navigation for an additional £750. Rear parking sensors are not a standard feature of this vehicle but it is an option for owners that are willing to fork out an additional £275.

The exterior could be made unique, as there is the availability of metallic paint, which will cost an extra £525 on top of the purchase of the car. However, the alloy wheels are standard across the models range to make the car look sophisticated.

The car has stability control to make turning corners and bends far more agile and comfortable. Air conditioning is also a standard feature, again more convenient for families especially on long journeys but there is no climate control option available as an upgrade.

Electric door mirrors and electric front windows are standard with the Ford Focus Studio 1.6 5dr, another convenient addition to the vehicle. The interior can appear more stylish and comfortable as leather seats are on offer with electric rear windows for £800.

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 available and when they are folded down 1,101 litres are offered.

Should the car have any problems or failures for the first three years of owning the vehicle, it will be covered under warranty. The warranty of the Ford Focus Studio 1.6 5dr is also available until the car exceeds 60,000 miles.

This car is not going to cost fortunes to run, as it achieves an average of 47.1mpg. 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.

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 is also fitted with central locking and an alarm to increase the protection of the vehicle when it is unattended.

Value for Money

The car is priced at £20,495, which seems quite expensive considering its class. As a number of features are available at an additional cost getting the car kitted out as you want could raise this price further - making it fairly uneconomical.

In terms of running costs, the car's engine is fairly refined and efficient and produced an average fuel consumption rate of 47.1 mpg on a combined cycle. Carbon emissions are also fairly mid-rang, with road tax falling under band E as the car emits 139 g/km of CO2.

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