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Despite the downsized engine, the new Ford Focus Hatchback 1.0 is surprisingly fun, with its sharp handling and perky EcoBoost engine.

18 Jul 2016

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When we first got acquainted with the engine in the Ford Fiesta, we were thoroughly impressed by its spirited nature, and its ability to still maintain a semblance of agreeable fuel economy.

Now, the award-winning engine makes its way to the ever-popular Ford Focus Hatchback. Since it was first launched in 1998, the Ford Focus has proved to be extremely popular around the globe.

The third generation model was launched in 2010, and was the best-selling car in the world in 2012. 2016 sees the popular hatchback receive a range of styling and interior updates. 

The restyled front end headlines the Focus' refreshed design

Up close and Personal

The most distinct styling change to the exterior is the reworked front end, part of the brand's 'One Ford' global design language that is becoming increasingly familiar across its range. The large trapezoidal grille - also featured on the new Grand C-Max as well as the Mondeo - gives the car a more muscular and sporty look, and cuts an aggressive figure on the road.

The rear end is also slightly more raked than before, giving the new Focus more angular and tapered lines. Sharper taillights also add to the car's more grown up disposition.

The interior is comfortable and plush, and the driver's seat does a good job of hugging your torso. The rest of the utilitarian cabin is largely trimmed in hard plastics. 

To offset the largely monochromatic interior, the Focus is fitted with ambient lighting that can be toggled between multiple colours and hues. Blue seems to work best, as it matches the futuristic Tron-like blue dial needles.

Ambient interior lighting - from the door handles to the foot well - exudes a futuristic quality

It is a pity that the test unit comes in red, which does not really match the interior colour scheme - we'd definitely opt for white, or perhaps blue like the new Focus RS

One gripe we do have is with the touchscreen infotainment system. It isn't particularly responsive and can be rather unintuitive to operate. 
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


3-cylinder in-line 12-valve DOHC Ti-VCT Turbocharged

Engine Cap





92kW (123 bhp) / 6000 rpm



170 Nm / 4500 rpm



6-speed (A) SelectShift

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


18.1 km/L

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