FORD FO­CUS ES­TATE 1.5 TDCI TI­TA­NIUM X

Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

Price £25,180 On sale Now What’s new? Fourth-gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus ar­rives in mid­dling diesel form PRE-DIESELGATE, THIS would be the spec of Fo­cus es­tate you’d most likely see – but should you fol­low chang­ing trends and go for a three­pot petrol en­gine in a car this size?

The short an­swer is yes. There’s noth­ing des­per­ately wrong with this mid­dling 1.5 TDCI, but re­fine­ment is only av­er­age and the per­for­mance isn’t sparkling. Econ­omy seems un­re­mark­able, too: for­get 76mpg, this tester barely saw 50mpg.

En­gine aside, the mod­est 50kg weight penalty for the com­modi­ous 608-litre boot is barely no­tice­able on the road, so this re­mains the dy­namic bench­mark in the class. This ver­sion, how­ever, is best re­served for high­mileage buy­ers.

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