It felt a bit like the Never Ending Story. Almost a year ago, not long after the Ford Focus went on sale, I had some fun on Fordís online configurator, choosing my ideal specification car. My eye had already been turned by a beautiful colour called Desert Island Blue, a hue that is set to replace Deep Impact Blue across Fordís model range. Next, I chose a Focus hatchback and then pored over the specifications to finally settle on the sportiest looking version, the ST-Line X. At the carís launch in the South of France, I had been impressed by the new 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine and I was keen to try out the new eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the fancy rotary gear selector, which has an air of Jaguar XF about it. As for optional extras, I chose both the driver assistance and convenience packs, as they seemed great value for the amount of kit that you get, and I was keen to try out the self-parking system that now doesnít require any intervention from the driver with the throttle and brakes. The B&O audio system was a must, as was a wireless charging pad for my smartphone. Completing the repertoire, I opted for the blind spot information system ñ handy on busy motorways ñ and the adaptive front lighting system, because brilliant headlights are your eyes at night.
While reading this, youíre probably thinking that Iím talking about a different car, and of course I am. Many months went by and my car was nowhere to be seen. It was first thought that the car never got ordered, or perhaps it was snaffled by an eager dealer, because sold orders always get priority over internal cars, as my car is classified as. But no, as youíll learn later, the answer was much funnier.
Not wanting to keep me waiting any longer, Fordís press fleet guru hunted through the list of Focuses already built (should that be Foci) and came up with the car you see here. Aside from the wireless charging pad and a tow bar, it has every conceivable option available on the Focus ST Line X, and with it comes a whopping list price of £35,450. Yes thatís right, more than £35k for a medium Ford, albeit a fancy looking one. It comes with the more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, and is paired with the eight-speed automatic gearbox that caught my eye originally. But even so, thatís a hell of a chunk of money. I could buy a base model Jaguar XF for that kind of cash, or a GT-Line Kia Stinger.
Iím missing the point somewhat here, though, as the carís fully loaded status will allow me to report on every conceivable gadget that comes fitted to the Focus, and thatíll be invaluable to a prospective owner, as most owners will never shell out the kind of cash that my car costs. Or at least I hope they wonít, as theyíll have a shock when they come to trade it in for another, as you rarely recoup any cash when choosing optional extras. Over the coming months, Iíll be able to plot a course as to whether all of the different options are worth the money that is being asked for them, or if buyers should leave well alone.
So what happened to my Focus that I ordered? It wasnít until I was chatting to James Dennison, a writer for Parkers Guide, the other day that it would seem that he benefitted from my carefully chosen Focus. He had originally ordered an estate for a long-term test car, and was surprised when it arrived as a hatchback. He didnít question it, but chatting through the engine and optional extras fitted, it looks like someone at Ford mixed things up and he has been the proud owner of my Focus since last September. Donít you just love it when a mystery is solved.
Date arrived 26th April 2019
Fuel economy 45.6-49.6mpg (combined) 42.8mpg (on test)
The door edge protectors that come part of the convenience pack are a magnificent feat of engineering.
Four-door saloons are coming back, can we have the Focus saloon in the UK please?