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Ford Focus Titanium Hatch Diesel review
- Vital Stats
Petrol or diesel models
The top-of-the-line Ford Focus Titanium hatch is smart, sporty and comes fully loaded with tonnes of great gear including keyless entry and keyless start, satellite navigation and Active Park Assist. Yep that's right... the car is so clever it can park itself.
Style & drive
The Ford Focus is available in five different spec levels - Ambient, Trend, Sport, Titanium and ST; and in two different models - the sedan and the hatch (sporty folks, there's no Sport or ST sedan).
A couple of months ago I test drove the top-of-the-line Titanium sedan and was very happy with the car both inside and out. This time around I was stepping into the sedan's slightly cooler sister, the Titanium hatch. Apart from the different chassis, this Titanium ran on a diesel engine. The diesel engine is powerful and fuel efficient, and there's very little lag on take-off.
The Titanium hatch has clean modern lines both inside and out, and the centre stack is user friendly, though the abundance of little buttons does make it seem slightly outdated.
Outweighing any minor aesthetic concerns are the wealth of extras that come standard on the Titanium. The car's kit includes Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity, keyless entry with a Power Start button, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, nine-speaker Sony sound system, satellite navigation and cruise control. Also included in the package are rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and Active Park Assist.
It does take a while to get the hang of it - and to trust it, but once you're confident, the Active Park Assist is genius. Just press the button when you're cruising for a park, and the Titanium will search until it finds a spot it can fit into, and will then guide itself in there.
The Ford Focus has a five-star rating from ANCAP. It has six airbags, including front and thorax airbags for front seats plus curtain airbags for the first and second row of seats. Active safety systems include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Torque Vectoring Control, Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Traction Control System (TCS). The Titanium also comes with an optional accident avoidance system called Actual City Stop (ACS).
Fuel consumption: 5.4L/100km
CO2 emission: 142g/km.
Describe the car in 3 words
Compact, zesty, cute.
What are the best things about this car?
Lots of added extras.
And the downsides?
Though ISOFIX child car seat hooks are available on some Focus models, they don't come standard in the Focus Titanium hatch. Bummer.
What does it run on?
Diesel or unleaded.
Yes! The Focus is a great all-rounder and the Active Park Assist is great once you get the hang of it.
If personified, who would this car be?