The Focus has a long list of attributes, but one of my favourites – and I realise this comes down to individual taste – is the bright blue paintwork that stands out in a car park full of grey and dark coloured cars. I don’t think you can beat a splash of colour, to brighten up a cloudy day. I never have any problem finding my Focus in the car park, as it’s the one that is beaming back at me. When I put the order in for my ST-Line X-equipped car, Desert Island Blue, as it’s called, was an easy box to tick. Out of the nine colours that I had to choose from, five of them were dark or grey, leaving just white, two shades of red and the hue I selected. Costing £700, it isn’t exactly cheap, but for me, it’s well worth the extra cash.
Living in south Essex, like I do, almost every other new car is a Ford, and when it comes to the Focus, most come kitted out in either ST-Line or ST-Line X trim.
The most popular version used to be Zetec in the previous generation car, and so it’s pretty canny of Ford to make the new ST-Line versions look so attractive, and parting buyers with extra cash as a consequence.
At £1,100 more than the hatchback, the estate bodystyle adds a more practical touch, as well as looking more stylish. While in the past, the load luggers of a car’s model range were usually boring and characterless, I think my Focus Estate is a real looker. The muscular lines that swoop from front to back add just a little bit of extra character that rivals miss out on. The roof rails help to give it a more rugged appearance, and the alloys nicely feel the wheel arches. But it’s at the tradesman’s entrance that I’m particularly thankful, as it can swallow 575 litres of cargo, and extends to 1,620 litres at the pull of a lever.
With the colder weather now eclipsing us, one of the first buttons I press is the heated driver’s seat, followed closely behind by the heated steering wheel switch, nestled on the centre console. How on earth did I cope before in the winter without my hands being warm as toast? I first experienced it on a Vauxhall Corsa, of all cars, and am so pleased that it’s a reasonably priced option (£150) on the Focus. And as the icy weather begins to bite – and it won’t be long until Jack Frost makes his first appearance – there’s the rather handy heated front windscreen that’s fitted to most Fords, that takes the hard work and effort out of defrosting the car. While my neighbours are battling with an ice scraper and cans of de-icer, I’m smugly sitting inside the car waiting for the front and rear windows to defrost. Just the side windows need manual intervention, and more often than not the ice can be cleared simply by rolling them down and back up again. Job done, all at the touch of a button.
Date arrived 26th April 2019
Fuel economy 45.6-49.6mpg (combined) 48.4mpg (on test)
The shark fin aerial is a neat touch.
While the Sync3 system is easy to use, it’s quite bland looking, and it’s a shame that it isn’t customiseable like a lot of rival systems.