2016 Ford Focus Trend road test and review.
Much attention is usually given to the Hyundai i30, Mazda 3 and mainstay Toyota Corolla and sales figures in Australia support this. But the Ford Focus is a forgotten friend and is an equally justified contender in the class.
This week I had a drive of the 2016 Ford Focus Trend hatch which is the entry level model in the range, sitting below the Sport and the Titanium which we’ll look at next time.
The Ford Focus Trend is a quality base model offering.
It really impressed me especially for what you receive standard in the interior all for a starting price of $24,390.
While the fit out throughout the cabin and angular dash consists of hard black plastic, it doesn’t appear low grade or unsophisticated.
Finish and build quality are evident, and controls are all positioned logically. On the v-shaped centre console are large, easy to press buttons in charge of manual A/C and audio, as well as the touchscreen.
Though it doesn’t have Ford’s SYNC 2 installed, meaning no DAB, you will find sat nav, a rear view camera and the four coloured quadrant interface for audio, climate, phone and sat nav common to all Fords.
The model I was given also came with an optional pack including auto dimming mirror, auto headlamps and auto wipers.
The seats, while fabric, are comfortable enough with average legroom, though back passengers may need to compromise on space.
Storage is plentiful with the usual locations on door and console, normal sized glovebox plus a sneaky receptacle beside the passenger’s hip on the rear seat in addition to the door pocket.
Boot space is generous like most hatches.
The angled design of the dash is the style of the Focus but does protrude out a fair way and seems to impose on the passenger’s space. However this is a minor infraction on an otherwise liveable cabin.
Performance off the mark was surprising and better than expected.
The 1.5 litre turbo engine delivers more vitality than you’d assume and will have you floating around with ease.
There is some minor lag if revved hard but a switch to the button operated manual shifter smoothens things out.
You can cycle through six gears offered in the automatic gearbox, while there is also a manual Trend available for a thousand dollars less.
Out on the road the Focus handles with aplomb and manoeuvres without any fuss. The steering is direct though maybe a smidge light for my liking.
The Trend model is fitted with 16” alloy wheels which provide a comfortable quiet ride. Other exterior features include halogen DRLs and front fog lamps.
Speaking of quiet, the insulation is superb cutting out plenty of ambient noise once you shut the door.
The 2016 Ford Focus Trend is another small hatch to add to the list of prospects if you’re out shopping for one. Not to mention it’s an attractive looking thing for an equally attractive price.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Ford Focus Trend
Engine: 1.5L turbo petrol producing 132kW and 240Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Warranty: 3 Year/100,000 km
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $24,390