New 2018 Ford Focus

Roomier, better to drive, and in compact Active SUV form too, the new 2018 Ford Focus starts at £17,930

BuyaCar team
Apr 10, 2018

Ford has unveiled its all new Focus, promising a giant leap over the old model, with more space, more technology and more choice.

List prices for the car, which is already on sale, start at £17,930, and you can expect the first new Ford Focus discounts to be available soon. In the meantime, there are excellent discounts on nearly new and used versions of the outgoing car.

Apart from entry-level versions of the new Focus, a dashboard touchscreen is fitted as standard across the range, there's new safety equipment, extra rear legroom, plus options that include partially-autonomous technology and a head-up display.

Replacing the outgoing car, which has been on sale since 2011, Ford's hatchback looks up to the job of challenging the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, Mini Clubman and Mercedes A-Class for families' hard-earned cash.

It will also need to appeal to customers who are considering a crossover, such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq. These use the mechanical parts from family hatchbacks, but in a taller package, offering a higher driving position and some extra interior space.

That's why the new Ford will be available as a Focus Active (below) - a higher version of the hatchback, that provides some of the benefits of a crossover but at a cheaper price.

Until the new Ford Focus arrives, you can expect some excellent discounts on the current Focus, whether nearly new, used, or as a brand new factory order.

 

Highlights include:

  • More legroom for rear seat passengers, and a bigger boot
  • Familiar line-up of 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, and 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel engines
  • Hybrid and pure electric versions likely plus sporty ST
  • High-riding Active versions to be offered
  • Simpler but higher quality interior with standard dashboard screen on most cars
  • More safety kit including auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and autonomous parking
  • Hatchback and roomier estate versions will be available

 
Key facts

2018 Ford Focus price from £17,930
2018 Ford Focus on sale date Now
2018 Ford Focus first deliveries September 2018
  

2018 Ford Focus interior

There’s no mistaking the changed interior of the 2018 Ford Focus and that’s an extremely good thing, as the outgoing car’s dashboard looks dated and cluttered when compared with the competition.

We've not yet seen the basic entry-level Style version, but every other new Focus will come with a crisp dashboard touchscreen as standard, running the latest technology, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it simple to control phone apps through the display; as well as Ford’s own Sync 3 software with advanced voice technology.

Higher-specification cars and automatic models are fitted with an electronic handbrake, which gives the front of the car an even cleaner look.

Initial impressions of the interior suggest that it feels well made, with soft-touch materials that match the high standards of rivals including the Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane, while approaching the standard set by the Volkswagen Golf.

The dashboard has been pushed forward, while the front and rear wheels are now 53mm further apart. This combined extra space increases rear legroom, and life should be more comfortable for three passengers in the back, thanks to a flat floor and extra shoulder room.

The boot is larger too: fold down the seats in the estate car (below) and you’ll have 1,650 litres of space - more than you’ll find in a VW Golf Estate or Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.

 

         

2018 Ford Focus technology

Self-driving technology will be offered on the new Ford focus for the first time, allowing the car to accelerate, brake and steer itself in traffic and at high speed. Although drivers will still need to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, the optional system should make driving more relaxing.

The car will also be able to park itself entirely, controlling the steering, accelerator and brake to squeeze into a parking space. In an emergency, the car is slam on the brakes - as many other models do - but it will also help you to steer if you decide to swerve round an obstacle.

In addition to the partially-autonomous functions, other technology includes a head-up display, which can be seen while wearing polarised lenses, wireless phone charging and an app that helps you to find your car in a crowded car park, to remotely unlock the vehicle, and to start automatic cars - to heat them up while they remain locked, for example.

A B&O Play stereo is available as an option on most models, as is a WiFi hotspot that can support up to ten devices.

  

2018 Ford Focus review

Ford has only revealed the new Focus so far; it’s not yet allowed any outsiders to drive the car, so it’s impossible to say what it’s like behind the wheel.

Given its development has been led by the same team behind the new Fiesta, it’s likely the new Focus will combine good ride comfort with responsive steering and nimble cornering that should make it fun to drive. Some Focuses are fitted with sophisticated independent rear suspension with an active ride system, called Continuously Controlled Damping, which monitors the steering, braking and road conditions, then adjusts the car’s suspension for maximum comfort.

For drivers wanting a little more performance, there’ll be a sporty ST version and Ford has also talked of an even more powerful RS version.

 

2018 Ford Focus design

The Focus might be an all-new car but Ford hasn’t introduced a radical new design for its best-seller. Instead, it’s been tweaked to look more muscular, with a longer bonnet than the previous car, as well as a windscreen that’s more slanted.

Optional full LED technology gives the front headlights a crisper and more minimalistic look, and they sit either side of a larger grille.

The Focus is longer than before, which helps to boost interior space and at the back, the car’s name is bodly spelled out in large letters across the bootlid, so no-one will be in any doubt that you’re driving the latest version of the car.

 

2018 Ford Focus model range

The Ford Focus hatchback and estate will arrive at the same time, ahead of the slightly taller Active version, which offers a slightly higher driving position without the extra bulk of a full crossover car such as Ford’s Kuga or the Nissan Qashqai, which combine the mechanical parts of a hatchback such as the Focus with a higher shape that resembles an off-road car.

The cheapest version of the Focus hatchback and estate will be the Style version, which includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, digital radio, Bluetooth for pairing your mobile phone and an automatic emergency braking system as standard.

Next is the Zetec car, for an extra £1,370, which is expected to be the popular choice, as it includes the 6.5in touchscreen, cruise control, speed limiter, front fog lights and heated windscreen. For £2,250 more, Titanium cars include front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, climate control, keyless entry and a larger 8in touchscreen with sat-nav.

There’s also the sportier ST-Line, which has chunkier bumpers, a rear spoiler above the back window, and lower suspension, which reduces the space between the car and the ground.

A top-of-the-range Vignale model comes with leather seats and unique satin paint options, a head-up display, rear-view camera and a B&O Play ten-speaker audio system, although the list price of £25,450 will make you wince.

 

2018 Ford Focus engines

Ford’s well-regarded range of efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines are expected to be a popular choice, although most drivers will avoid the entry-level 85 horsepower (hp) version, which is likely to feel a bit weedy.

There will also be 100hp and 125hp engines, which are both expected to deliver decent acceleration and frugal fuel economy.

A larger 1.5-litre petrol engine will be available with either 150hp or 183hp and these are likely to be offered with higher-specification cars, including sporty ST-Line models.

A range of 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesels should be the most efficient engines, but the slump in diesel sales could make these a rarer sight than petrol models.

All cars will be available with a manual gearbox; an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a stylish rotary selector (above) will be available with more powerful engines

It’s too early to say whether these diesel engines will meet the latest Euro 6 Step 2 standard, necessary to avoid paying the first-year road tax surcharge to be applied to new diesel cars from 1 April 2018.

Later in the model’s life, hybrid and pure electric versions of the new Focus are likely to arrive, offering an alternative to the VW e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro.

           

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