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Ford has changed their focus, literally

Firstly, I'm sorry. I tried not to focus on making puns, dammit I've done it again. Anyway, trying not to make focus puns in a Focus review is going to be a hard task but I'm going to try and do it anyway.

The Ford Focus, it's a car that doesn't need an introduction. It's been around for a while now and it's grown a large following of some very committed fans with the ST and RS cars being raved about in the hot hatch bracket. The old Mk3 Focus was spacious, economical, well built, not bad to look at and more importantly, affordable. So then, how could Ford possibly make the Mk4 Focus any better than the previous model? Well, using some magical trickery and whatnot, they have!

IT'S GROWN, REALLY!

In terms of size, yes. The new Focus has a longer wheelbase compared to the previous model which means that rear passengers are now able to be larger than a child and there's more room in the boot which means a decent size suitcase or two will not fit. Sure, the car is a little sharper to look at compared to the previous model, you either love or hate the styling it would seem. There's new muscular lines all over the bonnet proving that this is not the timid family hatch it used to be. This is the ST line so it does look more aggressive than the normal car.

FRESH FACED ON THE OUTSIDE

The exterior has got a completely new look to it. The old quarter glass at the back has now been added to the rear door which apparently helps with travel sickness, this will be good for me as I've got a reputation of hurling in moving vehicles when I'm not driving of course. The addition of this glass means that the window becomes quite an awkward shape so make sure to watch out for that. It looks more striking than the previous model and this ST line spec gets some extra sporty trim and a hexagonal grille, twin exhausts and larger wheels plus ST line badging on the interior.

SIMPLE BUT ELEGANT ON THE INSIDE

If you've ever been in the Mk3 Focus then you'll know that the dashboard had enough buttons and writing to make a sane person dizzy. The situation was quite bad, you'd need to spend some time initially to figure out which button did what and where it was located. But they've done away with all that needless complexity. The interior of the Mk4 Focus is clean and simple. It's got Ford's familiar Sync3 system which is simple to use but very functional. The infotainment screen has been raised so you don't need to look down when using it. The drive modes are selected by a very Jaguarish rotary dial which gives the cabin a rather sophisticated feel.

THE VERDICT

The new Focus has been improved to please the people. It makes for a great daily driver. It looks good and has a simple but functional interior. However, don't think that it's not a fun driver's car anymore because it certainly is. That tiny little 1.5L 3 cylinder ecoboost engine is very very punchy and it'll propel you to 130kph rather quickly. It's still the fun Focus we used to know but it's been tweaked to be a great all rounder. Excellent job, Ford.

EXCELLENT ALL ROUNDER and STILL A DRIVER'S CAR.

THANKS FOR READING! MAKE SURE YOU BUMP, COMMENT AND FOLLOW MATTHEW

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Words and pictures by Matthew D'souza

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