FORD FOCUS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The family variant of the Focus range has the Sportbreak name and a body of 4.67 m in length, which puts it in an intermediate position among its alternatives of similar cost. The relationship between size and amplitude is better than in most of these models. It also stands out for offering precise, safe reactions with a certain sporting touch. This quality is not to the detriment of comfort, which is good, although there are more rv covers. It is for sale of 19 501 euros with gasoline engine and from 21 001 euros with diesel engine. In general, it is a bit more expensive than its alternatives.

The offer of engines available in the family is less than in the saloon: three gasoline, with three cylinders, 125, 150 and 182 horses; two Diesel with four cylinders, of 120 and 150 horses and two sports versions, called ST, of 190 horses in Diesel and of 280 in gasoline (both engines, also of four cylinders). Technical sheets, prices and equipment . ord has taken care of the details of equipment more than those of finishing ( Impressions of the interior ). There is also an assortment of driving assistants and safety devices that are available as standard or as an option, such as the detection of obstacles, pedestrians and cyclists with emergency braking , the warning of obstacles in the blind spot of the rear-view mirror. , the active speed programmer with start and stop function in retentions, the lane maintenance system, the parking assistant (in automatic versions) or an information system projected on a transparent sheet under the windshield, which works very well. The multimedia system (SYNC3) has  Android Auto  and  Apple CarPlay . Ford, in addition, through what he calls MyKey, allows you to configure a key so that, in case of lending someone the car (or leave it to a valet), may have limited to some functions. Through a mobile phone it is also possible to have remote access to controls and information of the car, such as its location, the opening of doors or the keyless start.

The Focus Sportbreak 2018 can have adjustable hardness dampers, a wireless recharge surface for mobile phones, data connection with a Wi-Fi network for passengers or LED headlights with adaptive lighting to traffic conditions and signals (through a system that distributes the beam of light, creating shadows in areas where there is a car that can be dazzled, we liked its operation), with automatic change of short and long lights. Ford offers five levels of equipment: Trend, Trend +, Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale. The available tires are 16 and 17 inches in series, depending on the level of finish, and 18 inches as an option. This information can be complemented with the text of the variant Berlina , which was the one we tried first. To ensure without risk a Focus Sportbrake like the one we have tested (with Vignale finish and 150 horsepower gasoline engine) for a 42-year-old driver who lives in the center of Barcelona,   parks in a community garage, runs up to 25,000 km annual and use the car daily, it can cost about 203 euros with Nuez Seguros (a low quality policy), about 234 euros with Mapfre (a good quality policy) or more with other companies, such as Reale Seguros (463 euros) , which do not offer better coverage. We have introduced this simulation in our car insurance comparator .

INTERIOR IMPRESSION

n relation to its exterior dimensions, the Focus Sportbreak is well taken advantage of inside. It is broader than its alternatives. It is above all because of the width between the doors. The Vignale level makes the interior striking and cozy, by the upholstery and leather covers, the moldings with dark wood appearance and the good provision of comfort elements for the occupants. The Focus saloon that we tested a few months ago had the ST Line equipment level and, although it made a good initial impression, it was out of place some plastics, hard touch, and the existence of crunches during driving. In the Sportbreak with Vignale finish, the same hard plastics are present in the same areas, such as the door cloths or the console over the central tunnel, but the presence of noises has been lower.

The driving position is adjustable in a wide range both to move the seat and the steering wheel. The controls are close to the hand, almost all visible except the start button. The instrumentation, with traditional needle indicators, fulfills its function well: it is clear, of fast reading and it is not missing at all a large screen to represent it as the one that some competitors can have. For the indications of the trip computer and of the navigator, it is enough with the small screen that is in the center and with the redundant information that the head-up display can give , which looks very well even with polarized sunglasses (many of these devices do not look with this type of glasses). In the front seats there is the same space at shoulder level than in a Renault Mégane Sport Tourer, 143 centimeters. It is one of the best levels among cars of this size ( table of shared measurements ). It exceeds the Peugeot 308 SW by one centimeter, by two to the Volkswagen Golf Variant, by four to the Opel Astra Sports Tourer and by six to the SEAT León ST. There is no problem of height for passengers of at least 1.90 m in height, or without a sunroof or with it. With a sunroof, the back height is correct for people up to 1.85 m approximately, who do not rub on the roof if they stand up when sitting. The distance between front and rear backrests, according to how we do the measurement, is 72 centimeters. Enough so that four adults of 1.80 m of height travel without feeling boxed.

TRUNK

The trunk of the Focus Sportbreak has a capacity of 608 liters, an excellent figure. The Ceed we have tested has 17 liters more, the Corolla, 27 liters less and the Mégane, 87 liters less (all familiar,  comparative technical data sheet ). For those who doubt between the Focus Berlina and the Sportbrake, the clear advantages of the family body (apart from two centimeters more height in the rear seats) are the 233 liters of extra volume ( comparative sheet ) and the possibility of transporting larger packages. height and length easily. Without moving the backrests or the tray, there are 8 centimeters more height in the trunk of the Focus Berlina, 21 centimeters less depth and 13 centimeters less width between the walls. Both openings are diaphanous and very usable.

EQUIPMENT

The equipment of the Vignale versions is large, although in no case can there be adjustable ventilation vents for the rear part. During the days I tried the car it was quite hot (around 30 ºC in the middle of the day) and I had the feeling that the air conditioner took a long time to cool the cabin, even at maximum power. The black leather upholstery contributed to conserve a good part of the residual heat that during the march was not finished to be eliminated. Although it is colorful, it does not have an especially fine finish. On some edges the seams cause unsightly wrinkles. The stitched areas that decorate the center of the backrests and the sidewalks are not very deep and, at least in my opinion, create a feeling of “cheap luxury”.

DRIVING IMPRESSION

As with the Focus Berlina, the Focus Sportbreak has a set-up that makes it one of the most fun models to drive among family-sized passenger cars. It is very precise in curves and not very sensitive to sudden changes in direction. On wide roads it has a stable and safe tread, and in slow areas the body barely swings or makes strange movements, so it gives a lot of confidence. It is not the most comfortable, but it seems one of the most satisfying because of the relationship between stability and comfort it gives. The Toyota Corolla rolls and accelerates with more finesse, is somewhat quieter and can probably go as fast as the Focus on curves, but without the driver feels the same rapport with the dynamics of the car or have the same return of information through the seat, the pedals and the steering wheel. It is a more isolated car, in general. The consumption of gasoline is high and, in general, quite sensitive to the use of the accelerator. More than in other petrol versions of similar power that we have tested. To get to spend little you have to propose and circulate very gently. For example, we did three comparative tours, not very long but significant, with the Focus Sportbreak 1.5 of 150 HP, the Kia Ceed SW 1.0 of 120 HP and the Toyota Corolla Sports Tourer of 179 HP. In all cases the Toyota was the least spent and the Ford the most.

The Ford and the Kia, with the consumption errors already calculated, made 7.1 and 7.0 l / 100 km (although they deduced computer results, 6.8) and the Toyota spent 6.2 l / 100 km (marked 6.1). A second route by road at 90 km / h, with some overtaking, ended with an average of 7.5 l / 100 km for the Ford, 5.0 l / 100 km for the Kia and 3.8 l / 100 km for the Toyota. Finally, on a very winding stretch of road, uphill and fast, the Ford spent 23.0 l / 100 km, the Kia 21.7 and the Toyota 16.5. In the traditional route of consumption that we do in km77, by motorway at 120 km / h of average speed, the actual consumption of the Focus has been of 7.2 l / 100 km, that of Ceed Tourer, 7.3 and that of Corolla , 6.8. The feel of the pedal is good, with enough feedback on the state of grip of the wheels and the heating of the brakes. Its performance at a rapid pace has been satisfactory. Although they end up accusing the excess of temperature, the margin of security is great until the loss of effectiveness begins to be noticed. There are few cars that compete with the Focus Sportbreak that perform so well in such different scenarios. There are more comfortable on the highway for quality of rolling and insulation of the glass, although by a small difference, but few have a direction so well tuned to feel the road and a suspension that controls the movements of the bodywork.