The Ford Focus has been an automotive icon for over 20 years. This is a car that needs no introduction. A popular compact unit some time ago received a facelift… Does it still have that “something” that made drivers love it?
The Ford Focus was almost a revolution when it hit the road in 1998 to replace the Escort. It stood out for its body style or the appearance of the dashboard. Almost immediately it became one of the most purchased and popular models. In 2018, the fourth generation Focus hit the roads and last year it received a facelift treatment.
We checked if the Ford Focus Estate still had that “something” that made drivers love it!
Ford Focus Active Kombi – design, dimensions
After the facelift, the front of the car changed. With the new bonnet design, the front edge of the bonnet is higher and the Ford “blue oval” has been transferred from the edge of the bonnet to the center of the larger upper air intake, which depending on the selected styling line , will have different finishing details. Additionally, the Focus has narrow LED headlights.
Compared to the standard model, its “off-road” version stands out, among other things, increased ground clearance and plastic wheel arch covers. An interesting and very practical design element are retractable plastic-rubber door stops, thanks to which we will not cover the paint.
The Ford Focus Active Kombi is 4693mm long, 1848mm wide and 1504mm high. The wheelbase is 2700 mm. The capacity of the luggage compartment is 635 litres, and even 1653 liters with the rear seats folded down. It is one of the largest luggage racks in the segment and larger purchases (hooks and handles for bags will be useful) or a family of several people can take it in. Carrying a stroller will certainly not be a problem.
The Ford Focus Active Kombi also collects points for functionality thanks to a special handle that allows the roller shutter to be quickly removed and the trunk buttons that fold down the rear seats.
Ford Focus Active Kombi – interior
The interior of the car is particularly notable for the large 13.2-inch screen. After the facelift, the Focus has fewer physical buttons, and operation of the air conditioning and many different functions is now handled by the Sync 4 multimedia system borrowed from the Mustang Mach-E. Fortunately for drivers, the system is functional and easy to use, and the screen responds quickly to touch.
The finishing materials, both plastic and upholstery, are of good quality and pleasant to the touch. The steering wheel is comfortable in the hands – it’s thick and offers good grip – the seats are comfortable and well contoured, and there’s plenty of room for passengers, both front and rear . The armrest hides a practical and spacious compartment, which, by the way, is not missing in this car.
Ford Focus Active Kombi – a range of power units
The base engines of the refreshed Ford Focus are the three-cylinder Ecoboost 1.0 with 100 hp or 125 hp, combined with 6-speed manual gearboxes. It is also offered as a mild hybrid with a seven-speed automatic transmission optional on the 125 and 155 hp variants.
The only diesel in the engine range is EcoBlue 1.5 in two power variants – 95 or 120 hp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or, in a more powerful version, with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
We tested the Ford Focus Active Kombi with the Ecoboost engine with a mild hybrid system rated at 155 HP. From 0 to 100 km/h, the car accelerates in 8.6 seconds, and its top speed is 206 km/h.
Ford Focus Active Kombi – driving experience
The Ford Focus Estate car drives very well. Like most models from the American manufacturer, it is distinguished by an almost exemplary road behavior. Lively and energetic, it gives the impression that 155 hp are working under the hood.
The suspension is pleasantly stiff, but you won’t feel any discomfort when riding on less good surfaces. The car is perfect for cornering, giving us a sense of confidence and control in all situations. The Ford Focus offers excellent visibility and allows us to see more and therefore travel safely on the roads. In addition, the car is equipped with a system of cameras and sensors that facilitate maneuvers.
I didn’t really like the automatic gearbox. It doesn’t work as precisely as expected and can sometimes jerk.
During the weekly test, the average consumption was 6.1 l/100 km. Driving in the city, the fuel consumption indicator showed 6.5 l/100 km, and on the road 5.9 l/100 km. This is a very correct result for a 155 hp compact.
Ford Focus Active Combi – price
Ford Focus Active Kombi prices start from PLN 106,550 for a Titanium version with the smaller 1.0 EcoBoost 125 HP petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. The version of Active X that we tested with a 155 hp engine with a mild hybrid system costs at least 134,900 PLN.
For years, the compact segment has been one of the most numerous groups of cars, where competition is very strong and where there is no room for error. Focus Kombi competes with the same body varieties of popular compacts, such as Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai i30, Opel Astra and Peugeot 308.
The Ford Focus Active Kombi made a very good impression on me. It is a very refined and functional car. With all its conveniences, spacious interior and advanced safety systems, the Ford Focus Active Kombi is the ideal family car. These are good cars for those who, for various reasons, do not want to have a classic SUV and at the same time need a few extra centimeters of ground clearance.
Ford Focus Active Kombi – specifications
|Max power||155 hp|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||8.6 seconds|