Being a car enthusiast, if you are going to put money down on a product that is going to depreciate, it must be said that you really want this product. At times, we find it extremely hard to test drive vehicles that don’t come with the bells and whistles we have been so fortunate to test drive over the past five years.
Ford has really risen to the challenge in a lot of areas. Eco-friendly, fuel-efficiency, safety, and look of the newest models.
Now initially when we opened up to the possibilities of test driving the Ford Focus 1.0, I personally was apprehensive. This time, it’s not about my needs and wants – power, sexiness ,and size, it’s about what’s practical and efficient if you live in the city and don’t drive as much.
To understand more what 1.0 means, I needed to do some research. Initially, the Focus 1.0 is available only on the midlevel, SE-spec Focus, the EcoBoost displaces 999 cc. It has a turbocharging and direct injection that squeezes out 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission choice (regular Focuses get a five-speed or an optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic), and an engine stop-start fuel-saving feature is standard.
The best thing about this car is for sure it’s fuel efficiency. It’s a gem and a smart way of thinking if you are planning on saving money but need a vehicle to get around o the highway or inner city driving. Miles per gallon is 26 in the city and 36 on the highway. Convert that to litres, is 26/136. That’s some decent driving!
Inside, you will find a cleaner, more modern look with use of satin chrome detailing. The centre console now features double cup holders and the glove box is easier to access.
A rear view camera is standard across the board in the Focus lineup, appearing either on a 4.2-inch screen, which our tester had, or an eight-inch screen that comes with the optional MyFord Touch.
Driver-assist technologies that at one time were limited to high-end vehicles are now filtering down to the compact segment.
Among them is Ford’s BLIS system that uses radar beams to identify vehicles entering blind spots at the rear of the car. This is especially useful for identifying cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot.
A lane-keeping system is also available that gives steering wheel vibrations when the vehicle drifts out of the current lane without the turn signal being activated.