$20,290 – $32,990
Good: One of the best handling small family cars on the market; Plenty of interior space; Punchy engine line-up; Great European styling.
Not so Good: Button overload on centre stack; Jerky sports automatic transmissions; Poor turning circle on the higher grades fitted with bigger wheels.
Design and Engineering
Good : The Ford Focus sedan arrived here in Australia August 2011, the third generation Focus comes in the choice of four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, across a wide range of grades.
The four-door sedan is available in Ambiente, Trend, Sport or Titanium specification level, with both petrol and diesel options.
The four-door sedan looks great, with its sleek European styling. The sedan shares the same front end as its hatch counterpart, featuring a large gaping mouth with two air vents at either side while the front grille has been squished into a slimline design.
From side on, the Focus sedan is quite sleek featuring a sloped rear end.
Not so good : To our eyes the hatch does look better than the sedan. From the rear the Focus sedan seems to be a little bland for our liking.
Interior and Styling
Good : The steering wheel has both tilt & reach adjustment and all the controls are clear and simple to use. There’s a pretty decent amount of space inside (especially for second row passengers) and a surprisingly large boot – 372 litres with a full size spare.
Not so good : The cabin feels a little gimmicky, there is a whole bunch of buttons that seem to crowd the centre dash.
Good : The Ford Focus sedan comes with the choice of three engines two petrol and one diesel.
Kicking things off is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that manages 92kW of power and 159Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed automatic as standard.
Next is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that manages 125kW of power and 202Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed automatic as standard.
And, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine produces 120kW of power and a massive 340Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed automatic as standard.
The 2.0-litre petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel are both fitted with a 6-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch transmission. The 6-speed automatic is definitely setup with the driving enthusiast in mind as the auto box changes gears quickly and aggressively.
There is no complaints are far as power delivery, the Focus sedan is a solid performer.
Not so good : Because the 6-speed automatic is set up for quick shifting the car tends to jolt during low speed manoeuvres and city driving.
Ride and Handling
Good : Excellent chassis dynamics, class-leading steering and precisely the right level of road feedback. The Ford Focus sedan is definitely up there in the top performers when it comes to overall handling.
You won’t be disappointed sitting behind the wheel of a Focus sedan or hatch for that matter.
Not so good : Our only complaint is road noise in the cabin; not quite as refined as some of its competitors in this respect.
Buying and Owning
Good : The Focus Sedan is competitively priced for the Small car segment. There is a great range of vehicles on offer with a good mix of engines to choose from.
Not so good : There is a lot to choose from in the Small car segment, with the likes of Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Holden Cruze, Hyundai i30 and Volkswagen Golf. But, the Ford Focus sedan is also a great alternative.