Long term test report: Ford Focus Estate Titanium X 1.6 TDCi
Ian Robertson introduces a cheery new addition to the Diesel Car long term test fleet
It’s been all change in the Diesel Car office car park, with most cars either being replaced or being given new owners. A case of when the music stops, grab the first set of keys that takes your fancy. You’ll remember that is was time up for my Ford Grand C-MAX last month, and its place on the Robertson driveway has been taken up by a relative, in the form of a Focus Estate, in top-spec Titanium X specification.
Regular readers will know that I have a fondness for brightly coloured cars, as they look so much better on the page, and this new load-lugging Focus is no exception. You’ll remember my Kermit coloured Fiesta, and bright blue Kuga, and after the dayglo orange Grand C-MAX, we’ve now got luminous yellow, which is called Candy Yellow in Ford’s colour charts. And with this time of the year predominantly consisting of fog, grey days or downpours, the yellow paintwork will make a positive safety contribution, as other motorists should be able to see it.
As with most cars that start their life at the Ford press garage, my Focus is stacked to the rafters with kit. The optional extras take the standard price from £21,245 up to an eye watering £24,915. Things like satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels and of course the metallic paint all cost extra. We also opted for some extra safety benefits by choosing the Driver Assistance Pack which consists of a lane departure warning system, driver alertness sensors, traffic sign recognition, a blind spot information system and low speed city safety. At £750, it’s a small price to pay to ensure that in twelve month’s time, the Focus is in the same condition that it arrived in.