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PRE FLIGHT BRIEFING FORD FO­CUS

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Why is it here?

The Fo­cus con­quered the Mercedes A-Class and Kia Ceed to be­come our reign­ing fam­ily hatch champ. Now there’s a new Golf and 1-se­ries to give it a hard time, just as it was get­ting comfy on its throne. It’s the most a ord­able car here by a handy mar­gin.

Any clever stu ?

Much of the tech­nol­ogy is on a par with the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing au­tonomous halt and pull-away in tra c, speed sign recog­ni­tion and speed ad­just­ment, and head­lamp pat­terns that ad­just to bends ahead for op­ti­mum vi­sion. Like the BMW, this Fo­cus uses a three-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine, and it’s a gem: quiet, flex­i­ble and so much punchier than its size sug­gests.

Which ver­sion is this?

This is the sporty-look­ing ST Line trim, Ford’s equiv­a­lent to M Sport or R Line. The range kicks o with 1.0-litre Eco­Boost petrols and tor­sion-beam rear sus­pen­sion. This 1.5-litre Eco­Boost gets multi-link rear sus­pen­sion and the op­tional auto gear­box – which we’d avoid.

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