We've listed our favourite small. The nose points readily into the turns and the body settles quickly. There are plenty of city cars on the market these days, with a variety of personalities and practicality. I drive about 85000 kms 50,000 miles a year, and this is one of those cars that you just. Wide-slip mode switches off the traction control, but the system will step in if things get too far out of line. Service even called Ford to see if they would do anything.
Service costs have been reasonable and the Ford promise of a free loan car at every scheduled service has been very convenient. Zero maintenance other than oil changes. Their sophisticated five-spoke design is contrasted by the brake calipers which are brightly painted in body colour. The car's aerodynamic package is completed by a highly effective integrated roof spoiler, which has been optimised to deliver improved high-speed stability and reduced drag. Thankfully, Ford's saccharine chrome louvered grille, from several of its larger vehicles, and which we never warmed up to, hasn't been carried over here. Doors close with a nice, satisfying thunk, and door grabs, trim, and center console all seem solidly attached. Ford worked with Recaro to design unique front seats featuring a low seating position.
The recalibrated electronically assisted steering has a variable rate to aid low-speed maneuvering, while retaining a good response at speed. Additionally, a torque vectoring control system helps provide balanced power delivery coming out of corners. The seats are superbly supportive and the gear shifter has short, but firm throws, with a meaty, but not heavy clutch. The Focus handles as well as—or better than—the most deft handler in the class, the Mazda3, with a suspension that doesn't crash and bang over rough transitions, nor punishes over heaves or potholes. The 2012 Focus is about average for the class with respect to road noise, while its engine isn't as boomy and raucous as most in this class when revved high. While turbocharged EcoBoost power is on the way next year, the Focus lineup includes a single engine now, an all-new 2. While the powertrain requires a little diligence, the ride-and-handling compromises are about the best it gets.
Many of these features, such as the advanced new Torque Vectoring Control system - which acts like a torque vectoring differential to enhance cornering stability and agility - have a direct impact on improving driving quality to an even higher level. One segment-exclusive feature that will be available in the Titanium is Active Park Assist—that's the system Ford has offered on several more expensive models that essentially allows the car to steer itself into a spot while you modulate the brake. Instead it relies on torque vectoring, just like the rest of the Focus and C-Max ranges. . For every-occasion fun and serious speed, here are our favourite performance bargains that. I have driven other models on the smaller 17-inch wheels with a more composed ride and tighter turning circle.
Then, before long, you acclimatise and other systems feel dozy. While the suspension allows a bit of give, it loads and unloads in the most transparent, predictable way possible, yet isolates you from harshness. Dramatically-bolstered and rally-inspired Recaro leather and fabric front seats provide an ideal balance between sporting support and long-distance comfort, and form the centrepiece of the cabin. The electric steering is a little light at low speeds but while not as communicative as a good hydraulic system, manages to impart some 'feel'. Zero maintenance other than oil changes. Betty Corbitt I chose the Focus Titanium hatch to replace the Ford G6E Turbo I had previously. With the leather upholstery, there's no skimping on look and feel in back; you won't get mid-size comfort, but there's enough comfort back there for most six-footers.
Taillamps are huge and form much of the rear corners on both vehicles. Inside, the design is pleasingly complex—incorporating a cockpit-like instrument panel arrangement, with a thick center stack, some nice surface sculpting, and vertically-oriented vents. All the expected safety features are here, including front, side, and Safety Canopy curtain bags, plus standard electronic stability control and anti-lock braking. Top speed is quoted as 154 mph, with 0-60 mph acceleration in 6. I'm hearing other stories as well from fellow Focus owners. Ford's electric power steering system provides nice weighting and it performs well, providing precise control but not transmitting much feel of the road. One other segment-exclusive feature that will be available in the Titanium is Active Park Assist—that's the system Ford has offered on several more expensive models that essentially allows the car to steer itself into a spot while you modulate the brake.
All 2011 Hyundai Elantra models achieve 29 mpg city, 40 highway, and the special Eco version of the 2011 Chevy Cruze gets 42 mpg highway. This all-aluminum mill has direct fuel injection into the cylinders, and a Borg Warner twin-scroll turbocharger attached to exhaust manifolds integrated into the cylinder head, which is claimed to reduce turbo lag. This isn't a blindingly fast car, but it makes the maximum use of every single one of its horses. A new rear seat uses sculpted foam to help hold passengers in place during enthusiastic driving. Titanium models with the Sport package get upgraded front seats with slightly deeper bolstering, and it results in a glovelike, extremely comfortable feel.
The base seats in the 2012 Ford Focus are quite good, with better support than those of most other affordable small cars. It adds a purposeful look to what is a pretty good-looking car. Ford's electric power steering system provides nice weighting and it performs well, providing precise control but not transmitting much feel of the road. The turquoise-colored gauge pointers are a nice touch. Just why it isn't among the country's best sellers in Australia is something only Ford Australia can answer. Found out other Focus owners have same problems. Only issues I have is an unresolved problem with transmission shifting.