The Focus Titanium is available with two different 2.0-litre engines: a 125kW/202Nm petrol and a 120kW/340Nm turbo diesel. The diesel wins hands down in terms of power and fuel efficiency, which explains the $3500 price premium over the petrol model.
Technology like Torque Vectoring Control ensures the Focus feels solid on the road, while it’s also fitted with six airbags, electronic stability control and a host of other active and passive systems to help it achieve the maximum five-star safety rating from ANCAP.
There’s some other impressive technology available too, including adaptive radar-based cruise control; voice-control for audio, climate and other cabin functions; and Active Park Assist, which – as you can see in the next video –impressed a professional driving instructor as well as the girls at our office.
Active Park Assist aims to take the stress out of parallel parking by identifying a suitable space for the car and guiding you into it. The system takes control of the Titanium’s steering wheel and prompts you when to accelerate, brake and change gears.
The system comes standard on the Titanium, along with a smart key with push-button start, heated front seats, leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.
If you’re keen on the Focus but don’t quite have the money for the top-spec Titanium, check out our final video, which takes a look at the whole range, including the entry-level Ambiente, the mid-spec Trend, the performance-oriented Sport and the Titanium.
Our professional reviewers already rate the new Focus range highly, but to see what ordinary motorists think of it, we sat four everyday drivers behind the wheel to put Ford’s new small car through its paces.
In the end, however, the decision was unanimous. Check out all three videos and let us know what you think of the new Ford Focus.
To read more, check out our reviews of the new Ford Focus.