Is the 4th generation Ford Focus still a class leader?


Ford has recently announced the arrival of the 4th generation of the Focus line-up. First launched 20 years ago, the Ford Focus has been one of the best-selling hatchbacks of the past two decades, selling over 16-million vehicles worldwide. The new model is sure to be a strong contender in the hatchback market. The Focus has been completely redesigned and has a new range of engines and trim levels available.

Performance and trims levels

The Ford Focus is available in either an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual version. Starting off the range will be a 1.0 litre EcoBoost that produces a chunky 92kW with a combined fuel-consumption of just 4.7 L/100km. The bigger engine is a litre EcoBoost which kicks out 110kW but is slightly thirstier with a combined fuel-consumption of 5.3 L/100km. Ford says these versions are 10% more fuel efficient thanks to an integrated exhaust manifold. A mid-hybrid version will be released in 2020, however this version has not yet been confirmed for the SA market. There will be an option between 13 different exterior colours available for the body of the Focus.


As for the trims levels, Ford has decided to give the Focus more character when it comes to the choice of trim levels. Sadly the “Active” and “Viginale” are the two new trims levels available for only the European market, and SA will still receive the Ambiente, Trend and Titanium trims. However, there is also good news, as South Africa will receive the new ST-Line, which falls under the sportier trim level with more aggressive styling upgrades and wheel options. The ST-Line has a more pronounced rear diffuser, larger front splitter and open-styled vents, sportier roof spoiler and ST-Line badging throughout the interior and exterior.

Technology, driver assist features and safety specs

The new Focus features a range of new technologies and safety features to assist in a more relaxing drive for long distances and handy equipment when in tight city area. Some of these features are: 


  • Stop & Go 
  • Lane-Centring
  • Speed Sign Recognition
  • Head-up display
  • Park assists

Ford Connect has been redesigned as well, which features a wireless charging pad, SYNC 3 which is used through an 8-inch touchscreen. Customers can also opt for a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The wheel base has been extended by 50mm, allowing for a more spacious interior, with knee room increased by 81mm and shoulder space by 60mm. The extended wheel base also allows for a larger tyre diameter and improved ride quality. Auto door-protect, a rubber protection guard, has been added to the doors.

Is this a strong competitor for the hatchback segment?

The answer is definitely! With attractive looks, good performance, great fuel economy and a range of modern features the Focus is guaranteed to be a strong competitor for the hatchback segment. The price for the Ford Focus has not been confirmed yet for SA, but we guess it would be lower than the Volkswagen Golf. Overall, the Focus has impressive space and ride quality along with some minor but distinctive luxuries. The unbeatable value for money which Ford offers in the Focus model makes it one of the best hatchbacks available today.

Be sure to visit the Car Reviews section of our blog to find out more about other new automotive releases this year.

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