Our Focus returned to its maker this month, all thanks to a couple of recalls that needed to be carried out. I was alerted to the remedial work by way of Ford’s smartphone app that allows you to monitor your car from afar. An in-built sim-card means that I always know where my car is parked up, even if I’m not the one driving it. I can start the car remotely, to warm up the cabin, as well as being able to check up on the mileage and how much fuel is remaining. A bar chart tells me how economically I’m driving compared to previous months, and that currently says that I was driving the most efficiently in November, and December’s hustle and bustle meant the fuel economy figures suffered. But most importantly, it told me about the two dealer recalls that needed to be completed, to restore my car back to a tip-top condition.
One of them was straight forward, as the car already had the most up-to-date software, but the second entailed checking the injectors and replacing them, as necessary. It’s a relatively well-publicised campaign, affecting not only the car range fitted with the EcoBlue engine, but also Transits, too. So tens of thousands of vehicles are being inspected by Ford dealers at a vast expense. Our car needed them changing, and so out came the old injectors and a fresh set installed. Now I might be imagining it, but our Focus seems to be a little quieter than before, and a jot more responsive.
Having spent a significant part of the month driving downsized petrol cars, getting back into the 2.0-litre EcoBlue Focus was a revelation. From the moment I accelerated away, it was like putting on a familiar pair of old trainers. The sports seats are snug and comfy, the steering wheel chunky and great to hold, and all felt well in the world. Acceleration off the line is pleasing, with a sub-10 second figure possible if you’re in a hurry. But the most reassuring aspect is the tidy handling, low levels of body roll and pleasingly firm suspension, that manages to be perfectly comfortable all at the same time. With Britain’s high levels of traffic congestion and broken tarmac, it’s rare to be able to enjoy a trip out, but I could have been stuck in bumper-to-bumper jams and driven through craters the size of those on the moon, but neither would have removed the smile off of my face. Usually the new car feeling wears off after a few weeks, but eleven months on, I look forward to a journey in the Focus as much as I did last April. Its impressive attributes results in a car that adds up to a whole lot more than the sum of its parts. And that isn’t always the case when you choose a car from the top ten best-sellers list, with the Focus currently residing at the top of the sales charts as the number one selling diesel here in the UK.
Date arrived 20th April 2019
Fuel economy 45.6-49.6mpg (combined) 47.4mpg (on test)
The FordPass app alerts you to any recalls without having to wait for a piece of paper to arrive through the letter box.
I always forget where the engine start button is, as it’s hidden away behind the steering wheel.