2019 Ford Focus Is Extremely Well-Rounded – But Is That Enough?

Ford is letting the Press get a first taste of the all-new 2019 Focus, and the first feedback is pretty much positive.

The fourth generation of the Focus has grown in size but not in weight, aiming to correct one of its predecessor’s biggest flaws with a roomy cabin that offers class-leading comfort for the rear passengers.

In addition, the dashboard is more ergonomic than ever, featuring good quality plastics, a modern infotainment system in the form of the SYNC3 and a cleaner look. Tech features are plenty and include everything from active cruise control with lane keep assist to automatic parking, where the driver lets the car park itself.

More expensive models can be specified with an adaptive suspension that features Ford’s pothole detection system, which senses when a wheel is about to hit a pothole and adjusts the suspension travel accordingly, thus improving ride comfort even on badly-surfaced roads.

The engine range includes both petrol and diesel units, while customers will be offered the choice between a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Petrol models include the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in 85 PS (83 HP), 100 PS (98 HP) and 125 PS (123 HP) guises and the 1.5-liter EcoBoost with either 150 PS (148 HP) or 182 PS (179 HP).

Diesel models get a 1.5-liter EcoBlue unit with either 95 PS (93 HP) or 120 PS (118 HP) and a 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine with 150 PS (148 HP) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.

Ford has been constantly delivering the best handling in class with the Focus, so the new model has to fill some rather big shoes. Is it capable of challenging the best in its segment and still offer a fun-to-drive character? Let’s see what Carwow has to say about that.

 

  • krusshall

    It still makes little sense to abandon the compact market in the US and the “we can’t make money on compact cars” is a cop out excuse.

    • Bo Hanan

      Fords going after the money in trucks. They need capacity to build more of them.

      • krusshall

        Unrelated to truck production at Wayne Assembly as Ford said they would import the Focus from Mexico and then China and then now we’re apparently only getting the Active trim level which will likely get cancelled should the tariffs proceed.

    • DGC

      I think alienating 30% of your buyers is GREAT idea!

  • Bo Hanan

    Nice car if not rather Mazda 3-ish.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Somehow doesn’t look like a Ford, which I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Looks like a McLaren upfront. Inside is like a KIA, and rear is ??

  • Axiom Ethos

    It’s too bad the US won’t see one of these in ST trim. Would sell decent finally with this level of refinement.

  • D83

    It’s an Okay for me, but not too much “Wow” factor for me. Honestly, New Corolla hatchback feel much more appealing to me, with its aggresive stance & headlight.

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