Ford Focus review – performance and 0-62mph time

Petrol models are adequately brisk for the class, but hardly earth-moving

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

The new Focus’s, err, focus on economy and low CO2 makes performance no longer a top priority in the mainstream. The 124bhp models will hit 62mph in 10sec dead and 11.1sec in manual and automatic forms respectively, while the more powerful 152bhp version drops that down to 8.8sec. 

These times are on par with other mainstream hatchbacks, but without a model between the standard cars and far more powerful ST, those looking for brisk rather than fast may need to look elsewhere. 

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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