Focus 2.0 TDCi
dates : 30th October 2005
5th November 2005
The previous-generation Focus
was a marked success for Ford internationally, being a hit in
the UK and doing well in other European markets too.
In South Africa the Focus didnít quite break into the upper
areas of the sales chart, but it achieved a reputation as an
extremely competent and good-looking car.
The new model is longer than the previous version, freeing up
lots of extra cabin space, and this may have hurt the
appearance a little.
But we became increasingly fond of our test model, which was
fitted with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.
Other engine options in the range include 1,6-litre and
2.0-litre petrol units.
"Precise engineering" was one of the key slogans in
the new Focusís development programme and one of its aims
was to achieve good finish and shut lines.
laser welding and X-ray weld scrutiny are used in the
manufacturing process, while on the design side various
reinforcements are used to increase rigidity.
The new more-sloping tail light treatment is not a complete
success in our view, being less attractive than the previous
And the lights are sometimes difficult to see in bright
South African sunlight.
Nevertheless the overall shape looks solid, and the nose
remains attractive with its elongated oval grille and sharp,
"raised eyebrow" headlights.
A more muscular stance has been achieved with the prominent
wheel arch blisters, but the flanks have lost the crispness
of the previous model.
And in some areas, panel fit was less than perfect, despite
the new plant technology.
Superb driver feedback has been a Focus trademark and we are
happy to report that the second-generation car is even
better than its predecessor.
A stiff rear anti-roll bar provides additional rigidity to
the ingenious Control Blade multi-link rear suspension and
steering precision remains good, despite the addition of
A longer wheelbase and wider track mean more sure-footed
straight-line stability, but it is in the area of suspension
movement-control that the Focus excels.
It also comes with ESP and Emergency Brake Assist, and
larger disc brakes are fitted.
Ford claim a 10 per cent increase in torsional stiffness for
the new car. High-strength steel reduces body flex and the
body shell employs three cross members for added twist
The rigid shell also played its part in earning the new
Focus a five-start Euro NCAP safety rating.
The test car is officially known as the 2,0 TDCi, which
means itís the top of the Ford line diesel hatch.
The 107 kiloWatt diesel motor is ultra-refined and provides
plenty of punch. Itís a very useable, satisfying
We were less than enamored with the interior, however. It
has a typical Ford conservatism that adds up to a rather
boring overall effect.
Luxury items are in evidence, such as dual climate control.
And there is an in-dash six CD changer, as well as plenty of
Ford Focus 2,0 TDCi
Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 997 cc
- Power: 107 kW @ 4
- Torque: 320 Nm @
2 000 rpm
Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 9,4
- Top speed: 200
- Fuel consumption:
6,9 litres/100 km (estimated)
- Price: R194 900
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