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Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi

Broadcast 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.
Up-to-date 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 modelís design.

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 electro-hydraulic power-assistance.

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 resistance.

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 powerplant.

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 cup holders.

Ford Focus 2,0 TDCi
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 997 cc
  • Power: 107 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 320 Nm @ 2 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,4 seconds
  • Top speed: 200 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 6,9 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R194 900
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