Review Ford Focus Trend 2019
Ford’s fourth-generation Focus is a step change for the Blue Oval’s hatchback. A new set of themes (designed by Australia), a new and greatly improved interior transmission system means a revival.
But life is now different. SUV rules. Hyundai and Mazda are fighting hard to win the top spot with Corolla, which is still suspended in the shrinking market. The battle is hard, the rewards diminish. It’s almost like the breakfast show on commercial television, but there’s no racism.
I drove the ST-Line when it came out and enjoyed it, so the opportunity to drive the Trend is really welcome. So can the dynamism of the ST-Line reduce the trend towards less equipped and help bring Focus back into the game?
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
The first issue of Trends when gaining market share is the starting price. At $ 25,990, it’s a little higher than the entry-level Hyundai i30 Go and even a few dollars more than a booted Mazda3. Especially, it is not a bare bones starter like Go in particular.
Trend opens the range with 16-inch alloys, six-speaker stereo with 8.0-inch touchscreen, sat navigation, climate control, fabric trim, reversing camera, rear parking sensor, security package good safety, mirrors and electric windows, automatic wipers and a space-saving widget.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The new focus comes from Ford’s Cologne studio and if you discover Australian flavors, I don’t know how you did it, but our designer is Jordan Demkiw. He did a great job with the last Falcon with a budget of around $ 12.50, and got a little extra to spend on the new Focus.
I liked it when I first saw it and still did it. Although there are familiar bits from other cars (the way the C-pillar handles on the door reminds me of the E87 1 Series), it still looks like a Focus, but I think it looks shorter, longer. a little more and a little more serious than the Car it replaced.
Much of its maturity comes from a simpler, less fishy front side greenhouse design. The 16s on the Trend look a little small in the large arches and chubby tires do the rest.
Inside is a world away from the tragedy of the button explosion in the design room. So many buttons have been replaced with very little, making the interior feel less crazy than before. To be fair, apart from the tiny buttons everywhere, the old interior is quite charming. The touch screen is mounted in an easily accessible position from both seats and it looks good to sit on the dashboard. Plastic interior is also quite reasonable, and the new seats are not made of the car’s dodgy material.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Focus runs on a new platform for a longer wheelbase. That means more interior space, so reasonable people can lie behind me when I drive. I average 180cm, so it’s quite handy. The dashboard is also further away from you, so it feels quite airy.
The front passenger records a pair of mugs, a tray under the climate control designed specifically for the phone (which is where the wireless battery charger is, when fitted) and each door has a bottle holder. However, the people in the back seat miss the cupholder, however, a little hard.
The boot is stable at 273 liters, up to 1320 liters with the seats folded down.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Motivation is provided by Ford’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, with impressive power of 134kW and 240Nm. The front wheels are twisted with the help of an eight-speed automatic, operated by a Jaguar-style dial.
The eight-speed automatic is Ford’s own and only drives the front wheels. With the cylinder stop and deactivation function, this is an engine that wants to save juice in both city and highway conditions.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
Ford says the combined cycle number must be 6.4L / 100km and that is not a usual optimistic prediction. I got 7.2L / 100km without trying, so it was an almost abnormal result if I had ever seen it.
However, it requires 95 RON in a very European way.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 8/10
Focus comes with six airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, reversing camera, forward AEB with pedestrian detection, rear-collision braking, speed sign recognition, lane departure warning and Lane keep assist.
The three highest points and two ISOFIX points will meet the child’s riding needs.
You can add the $ 1250 Safety Pack which offers active cruise, lane-focused, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert with brakes.
Focus has scored a maximum of five ANCAP stars when assessed in December 2018.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? 7/10
Ford has stepped up to the five-year / km unlimited warranty club some time ago and has been joined by most of its obvious competitors. Ford also throws itself into a limited-price service mode, with the first four services priced at $ 299. Ford wants to see you every 12 months or 15,000km.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
The focus is always good. The great Richard Parry Jones infused the tunnel door with sparkling treatment two decades ago and that is part of DNA DNA. It stuck. Although I only go in ST-Line, but makes sense that the rest of the range looks good, because it clearly has a good basic background.
The smaller wheels and Trend’s higher profile tires mean a very smooth ride in all conditions and only the rear torsion beams allow downward direction on rough things. The steering also feels good, so it’s all present and accurate.