Bold new look

FACT­FILE

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

Un­like with some model up­dates, where it’s im­pos­si­ble to tell what’s been changed, with Ford’s re­vamped Fo­cus Es­tate there’s no mis­tak­ing old for new.

The first thing that greets you is Ford’s new cor­po­rate nose – think As­ton Martin for the peo­ple.

But there’s more to the Fo­cus than just some added bling, as the car now packs some im­pres­sive safety and con­ve­nience kit, tweaked ride and han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics plus en­gines that are more than wor­thy of Ford’s hype.

Looks and im­age

What­ever your view, the bold new snout is a gen­uine head­turner and does much to boost the car’s pre­mium look and feel. And it’s this an­gle that Ford is most keen to de­velop, as the firm as­pires to move its mod­els up­mar­ket. As the wagon of the fam­ily you can ex­pect the Fo­cus Es­tate to swal­low pretty much any­thing The car’s facelift sta­tus has re­sulted in a raft of de­tailed tweaks to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for keen driv­ers and boost re­fine­ment for ev­ery­one else in the cabin. From sus­pen­sion and steer­ing changes to sound­proof­ing tweaks, Ford has taken a fine tooth comb to the Fo­cus in a bid to bring it closer to pre­mium class cars cost­ing Which­ever vari­ant you choose, Ford has upped the ante with more stan­dard kit, im­proved econ­omy and emis­sions plus an im­pres­sive choice of hi-tech ex­tras cov­er­ing safety and con­ve­nience. Plus, with the car’s cabin am­bi­ence hav­ing been raised, the added pre­mium ‘feel’ is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous and does much to con­vince oc­cu­pants they are in a higher class of car. If the cur­rent crop of com­pact SUVs and peo­ple car­ri­ers leaves you cold or you need a con­ven­tional load-lug­ger, the Fo­cus Es­tate is hard to ig­nore. It can’t match the lat­ter for over­all cabin ver­sa­til­ity, but as com­pro­mises go, the Fo­cus wagon is a com­pe­tent, af­ford­able and well-equipped al­ter­na­tive.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word:

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