I picked up the 2016 Ford Focus Titanium this week. Considering I review “luxury” new vehicles, I’m not sure why. The sale price for this vehicle starts at about $27,000, you’re looking at close to $30,000, at least, for all the bells and whistles.
I guess my point is, you can put all the bells and whistles in a starter vehicle that most luxury vehicles come with as standard these days, and you’re still left with an entrance level vehicle. It doesn’t make it feel any more luxurious. At least in this case.
The exterior of the Focus is very bland; nothing special, no great design, standard size sunroof, no wow factors. In fact, I’d go as far as saying “it’s just plain ugly.”
The center console is actually “ok”. I do like the large touch navigation screen and how neat and clean everything is. Not a whole lot of buttons in the way. Unlike most car navigation programs where you have to select the street number, address, city, etc. separately, with Ford’s system you just type it all on one line and then voila – a map and your vehicle appear in a split screen view. I actually quite like this. It still comes with the drive stick, no modern push-button dial like most luxury vehicles. The leather wrapped steering wheel isn’t very comfortable to handle, and the quality of the material is poor. Even the heated leather seats give off a repulsive cheap scent.
How does it drive? The engine is very sluggish, a lot of hesitation, absolutely no guts. It’s not a fun vehicle to drive. In fact, I barely drove it this week. Both the side mirror motion detector and back-up/front collision camera alert are terrible. The indicator on the side mirror would light up when a vehicle had passed me, not when I might side swipe it, and the collision alert goes off when you’re about 10 feet away from a vehicle in front of you, or behind, when backing up.
However, I can say it’s excellent when it comes to fuel consumption. The Eco Boost engine lives up to its name. According to Ford it gets 9.3 city and 6.72 hwy., L/100Km. I believe it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Ford’s Mustang Convertible GT and enjoy drifting with Ken Block in a Fiesta, but the Focus? Come on now, Ford you can do better. Forget about not passing as a luxury vehicle, I wouldn’t recommend it as a starter – there are cheaper, better options out there, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Luxury, New Car Blogger – Amanda Risser