Focus was so reassuring!

Ford Focus Edition
You can dress up the tried and trusted Ford Focus any, which way you like, yet it still comes out the same in one vital area. The drive never varies.

You can dress up the tried and trusted Ford Focus any, which way you like, yet it still comes out the same in one vital area. The drive never varies.

The Focus drive is about as good as it gets!

The Focus continues to do the business for Ford, and it was their biggest seller again during a busy January. It has a loyal following despite the years on the clock and the ever growing number of strong competitors, yet it retains the ability to catch the eye of new followers.

You see, Ford have managed to pull off the neat trick of keeping the Focus fresh and appealing. Ford’s Intelligent Protection System (IPS) that includes ABS with electronic brake force distribution and front and curtain airbags and a range of other ‘keep you safe’ features helped keep them at the head of the queue in a very vital area.

Some years ago Ford gave the range a big make over and packed it with features and goodies galore. Two things that didn’t change, despite all the additions, were the handling and drive of Focus. It remained rock solid; gentle in the hand yet strong in the way it responds to prompts and commands.

Recently, the day of Storm Darwin, I picked up the Focus Edition (see special features) for a test drive. By the time I reached Kilkenny from the collection point in Dublin, the storm was in full flow. Boy, was I glad to have a good set of wheels under me.

Knowing Focus helped. The good build and strong feel of the car didn’t make me feel invincible, but it helped me feel reasonably safe. A simple trust issue I would never have imagined with a car came out totally unexpected.

The Focus Edition comes in a bright, race red colour. It is not a car you could miss. Powered by a 1.6 (95bhp) litre turbo diesel engine, and with plenty of rubber between you and the road, it is a nice performer. A dark interior is more sensible than daring.

The Edition is true to the heritage of Focus - looks backed up by quality.

Focus Edition special features - 16” 5x2 spoke machine alloy wheels, Ford SYNC, stereo radio/CD with 3.5” dot-matrix multi-functional display, six speakers and USB connectivity, manaul air conditioning, leather trimmed 4-spoke steering, trip computer, full size spare wheel, quick clear window, front fogs, centre armrest, packing pack, velour mats; Focus standard features include ABS with electric front windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, torque vectoring control, rake and reach adjustable steeering, Ford Intelligent Protection System, electronic stability control with traction control and emergency brake, Ford easy fuel capless refuelling sytem, body colour rear spoiler (5-door).

Ford Focus Edition 1.6 TDCi 5-door €23,245, 95bhp, 230Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox, 4.2l/100klm (combined), top speed 180kph, 0 to 100kph in 12.5 seconds, C02 emissions 109 g/km, annual road tax €190.