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2012 Ford Focus test drive





Focus, focus on your studies. This is what I used to always hear when I was a kid. Not that I wasn’t a bright kid but it is just that I used to get distracted very easily. The girls who always used to land up in my mommy’s classes intrigued me as much as I ogled at them. Things haven’t changed very much now. Now, I ogle at the girls in my office, so it could well be my boss standing behind me and telling me to focus. This brings me to the point of today’s discussion, the 2012 Ford Focus. I got the chance to test drive the 2012 Ford Focus model recently and here is a test drive report of the same.

For 2012, Ford hasn’t merely refreshed the car but also ensured that it looks much like a 2012 model. For starters, this car is offered in 4 trim levels. The usual monikers are the S, SE, SEL and finally the Titanium. The base S model gets 15 inch steel wheels whereas all other variants get alloy wheels. The front of this car reveals an Audi type wide grille face with faux air intakes taking up bragging rights for the face of the car. The front fascia gets a black treatment all over. The side profile shows up 18 inch multi spoke alloy wheels which have the same blackened out effect carried over from the front. The head lamps are wrap around ones. The rear end slopes much like a coupe. This would be the only differentiating link between the old and new Focus. The rear shows off a stubby boot with an integrated spoiler and clear lens tail lamps. The build quality somehow, towards the rear showed a dip with the uneven panel gaps. The split tail lamps looked cool on the red specimen that I had for test. By the way, I had the sedan version of the 2012 Ford Focus. As we all know, there is a hatch version also offered. The lower bumper is covered by a meshed plastic material.

Cut to the interiors now. The Titanium version that I had was the loaded to gills variant. It boasted of auto wipers, leather upholstery, driver’s power seat with 6 memory functions, automated parking system as also rear view camera. A plethora of buttons on the central stack is what one would notice once you enter the cabin of the 2012 Ford Focus. The contrast stitching for leather seats is one hell of a thing and certainly deserves praises. Between the speedometer and the tachometer, there is a small information display which while being easy to read, could have been better. This screen can be programmed to display average speed, fuel economy and many more. The best part is that all this information can be toggled via switches on the steering wheel itself. The 4 spoke steering wheel feels a bit in your face but once you hold it, it feels very much at home. Seats in the Ford Focus were never a problem both in the front and rear and the 2012 model just shows it off. It gets a 13.2 cubic foot trunk capacity. I am been informed that the hatchback variant brings in 23.8 cubic feet of boot space and about 44.8 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

2012 Ford Focus Photo Gallery

The 2012 Ford Focus is offered only with one engine option as of now. This is a new engine for the year 2012 and a very effective one as I can tell from the test drive. This 2.0 liter engine with 4 cylinders brings in 160 Hp of power and 146 pound feet of torque into the equation. It gets a 5 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed dual clutch automatic. The one that I had with me was the auto variant. Like all Ford engines, this gasoline engine was also utter silent at low speeds but then stretch it on the highway and it lets out a growl which feels like it had something hidden up its sleeves. The shift quality is also very smooth and un-intrusive. The 0-60 mph timing was clocked at 8.5 seconds and top speed is expected to be around the 125 mph mark. EPA figures are still a guess as the vehicle hasn’t finished testing yet but then knowing Ford’s obsession with economy on the Ford Focus, expect the city figures to be around the 30 mpg mark whereas the highway figure would read as somewhere close to 40 mpg. The top of the line Titanium variant comes loaded with rear discs, ABS, EBD, stability control, 6 air bags and 911 dialing compatible system in the event of a crash. Brake modulation was encouraging to say the least. The ride quality was a disappointment however the handling was perfect. The well weighted steering wheel promises to deliver driving pleasure to the hilt with the new Ford Focus. I am sure that the hatchback variant will have a more sorted ride quality.

The 2012 Ford Focus promises more for less. It has got the space, pace, looks, equipment and finally fuel efficiency to boot for. It has a hatchback variant and also sedan form to contend with. Mazda 3 would definitely have some competition to look forward to now. The 2012 Ford Focus price would start from $ 16,243 and will end at $ 23,214. Looking forward to its launch? I definitely am.


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