New Ford Focus review - Auto Express

Full review: We've tried Ford's latest direct-injection EcoBoost turbo engines in the C-MAX, Mondeo and S-MAX -- but this is our first taste of the new 180bhp 1.6-litre, which debuts in the 2011 Focus and goes on sale in November.

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New Ford Focus vs VW Golf vs Vauxhall Astra - Auto Express
Full group test: _rivals.html Ford has sold more than 1.3 million Focuses since the original arrived in 1998, So there is an awful lot resting on the shoulders of this new version. To put it under even more pressure we are going to see how it compares to its main rivals, the Vauxhall Astra and the VW Golf.

Ford Focus 2014 Review - Auto Express
We drive the new Ford Focus. Is it any good? Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to the mag The Ford Focus, doesn't exactly ooze forecourt appeal, but it has always impressed out on the test drive. However, having a great chassis isn't enough these days. To impress people, a modern family hatchback has to be stylish, economical, luxurious and packed full of the latest technology. And the MK3 Focus was starting to feel a bit lacking in these areas. That's why Ford has given the Focus one of the most extensive mid-life updates in history, while retaining the same starting price of £13,995. The most obvious change is to the looks. The car now gets the Aston Martin-esque grille and sleeker headlamps like the Fiesta. The rear has been given similar treatment with new bumpers and new light clusters. There's a punchy new 1.5-litre turbo petrol which can return over 50mpg and a 1.5-litre diesel which can do 74mpg and emits under 100g/km CO2 so is free from road tax. The existing 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which is one of the best, if not the best engine of its kind on the market is still available, too. In higher power 125bhp guise it has just about enough performance for a car of this size and Ford says it can do over 60mpg. One of the biggest challenges ford has faced with the Focus was trying to make it feel as upmarket inside as a Volkswagen Golf. All but the entry level car has a new 8-inch touchscreen system which not only looks good, but is easier to operate than the old system which had a confusing array of buttons. There's also the new SYNC system which has a much better array of useful voice commands and is easier to use. Refinement has been improved, and the suspension has been changed to make it more cushioning over bumps. The steering is slightly sharper over the previous model, too. So then, as before the Focus is a car which will impress on the test drive. Importantly, the improvements to the looks, technology, economy and the quality, are clear and so the new Ford Focus is now more likely to impress people on the forecourt too.

Best new cars coming up in 2015
Don't go putting down that deposit on a showroom-fresh car yet, as a host of potential new class leaders will start to roll on to our roads as soon as the Christmas decorations come down. We’ve looked into our crystal ball and picked the key cars coming in 2015. Our in-depth guide tells you everything you need to know about this sparkling new metal. Once again, 2015 is set to be a big year for crossovers, with Honda reviving its HR-V badge for a new entry into that class, while the new Vauxhall Astra and Jaguar XE are big news for the British car industry. But whether you’re after a supermini, SUV or supercar, you’ve never had a better range of models to choose from. Read the full story: Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to the mag

Self-driving Audi RS7 takes us for a ride
We take a seat in the Audi that drives itself, the RS7 Piloted Driving concept, around the Ascari track in Spain. Read more here: Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to the mag