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2018 Ford Focus review – fun, but no longer flawed, the Focus back to its best - Performance and 0-62mph time

It may not be quite as sharp as its predecessor, but Ford filled in the gaps making for an impressive family hatchback

Evo rating
  • Classic Focus ‘togetherness’ in the ride and handling; much better interior and ergonomics too
  • Less clarity to the steering than the old model, odd styling

Performance and 0-60mph time

Until the ST arrives next summer, the cooking Focus range is made up of a combination of three-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel engines. The three-pot is available in 1-litre and 1.5-litre forms, the latter shared with the Fiesta ST, albeit in lesser power outputs.

An entry-level 84bhp 1-litre opens the range, taking 13.5sec to reach 62mph. As mentioned above, this engine is also only available in the entry-level model, so it’ll likely take up space in company or rental fleets.

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The 99bhp and 124bhp models are slightly more brisk, doing the deed in 12.1sec and 10.0sec respectively, the latter also available with an optional eight-speed auto, adding 1.1sec to the acceleration time.

The friskier 1.5-litre turbocharged units are available in 148bhp and 180bhp forms, taking 8.8sec and 8.3sec to reach 62mph. Only the lower-powered model of the two is available with an auto.

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As for the diesels, 94bhp, 119bhp and 148bhp versions are available, with acceleration times ranging between 11.4sec and an impressive 8.5sec (for the manual 148bhp version), only two-tenths behind the 180bhp petrol.

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