2019 Ford Focus Buyer’s guide: reviews, model specs and revised 2019 Ford Focus prices

2019 Ford Focus Buyer’s guide: reviews, model specs and revised 2019 Ford Focus prices
2019 Ford Focus Buyer’s guide: reviews, model specs and revised 2019 Ford Focus prices

The Ford Focus has been a top seller in the UK since it was first launched as the eventual successor to the Ford Escort in 1998.

Four generations and multiple face-lifts on and the latest model, launched in 2018, is back duking it out with the VW Golf for the mantle of top-selling C-Segment car and currently lags behind only the Fiesta in the sales tables year to date.

The latest generation has been praised for its handling and levels of driver assistance tech as well as its spacious interior and engine range.

But as with any car, the devil is in the details and getting the combination of engine, gearbox and trim level can make all the difference.

Here’s what you need to know about the current generation of Ford Focus.

Not all suspension is created equal

For the first time in a Focus model, Ford are offering completely different suspension architecture depending on which model in the line-up you buy (or specifically which engine powers that model).

This isn’t uncommon, other manufacturers do the same thing, and different doesn’t necessarily mean bad. It does mean that when you read a review of the Focus that hails its class-leading handling however, you’ll want to be sure that the reviewer is talking about the Focus you are considering buying and not one with a different set-up.

On launch, cars powered by the smaller 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, or the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, engines, had a relatively old-school twist-beam suspension set-up with ‘force-vectoring springs’ to add stiffness. The larger 1.5-litre petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel engines had the higher-tech multi-link set-up standard across previous Focus ranges.

This was revised further toward the close of 2019, however, and now only the 2.0-litre diesel model carries the multi-link suspension.

Estate models get a bespoke version of the multi-link suspension with repositioned dampers to accommodate the larger boot while suspension on the ST, ST-line and ST-line X models is lowered regardless of the engine under the bonnet.

Have there been any recall notices on the new generation Focus?

Car manufacturers issue hundreds of safety recall notices every year and owners of cars will be notified of any recalls that affect them.

By law, motor dealers must address any safety recalls affecting a model free of charge before selling it – but that law doesn’t affect private sellers.

These are the recalls issued so far for the new generation Ford Focus: 

Prices rises and new trim levels

Ford has recently revised the Focus line-up, dropping the entry level Style trim and implementing a series of modest price rises across the range (between £100 and £500, model depending).

A new trim will be added to the line-up, available in the UK from 2020. Active Vignale combines the luxury equipment of the top-spec Vignale trim with the rugged styling of Active models. Check back for details of this trim level once the full UK specification has been released.

The suspension range has been changed further, and now 1.5-litre petrol engines will ride on the low-tech twist-beam suspension instead of the more advanced multi-link set up.

The 2019 Ford Focus

Ford Focus trim levels and engine line-up

Style

This was the entry-level trim level on the Focus at launch. It was the only trim in the line-up that came with steel wheels as standard instead of alloys and also missed out on the centre arm-rest, the 8-inch touch-screen display and Android Auto/Apple Car Play. Style cars were equipped with A/C as standard as well as Bluetooth, DAB and USB connectivity.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (85/100/125)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (95/120)

Standard Equipment:

Key exterior features

  • 16″ 5-spoke “Design” steel wheel
  • Halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Auto-headlamps (on/off)
  • Body coloured electrically-operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
  • Body coloured bumpers, front upper grille with chrome surround and painted bars
  • Mini spare wheel
  • Ford Easy Fuel capless refuelling system
  • Black roof rails (estate only)

Key interior features

  • Ford DAB Radio with 4.2″ TFT colour display, 6 speakers, USB connectivity port with iPod functionality, Bluetooth, remote audio controls, voice pass through, Emergency Assistance
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Lane-Keeping Aid with Lane-Departure Warning
  • Post-collision braking
  • Intelligent Speed Assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Selectable drive mode
  • Remote central locking and engine immobiliser
  • Electrically-operated front and rear windows

How much does it cost?

Prices for Style trim cars started at £18,545 for 1.0L EcoBoost and topped out at £22,895 for the 1.5L diesel Estate with an auto transmission, before optional extras.

Zetec

Back when the Focus was first launched Zetec would have been one of the higher-end trim levels, sports-focused alongside the more luxurious Ghia models (remember those?). Now, following the dropping of the Style trim level it’s been relegated to entry level with Titanium, Titanium X, Vignale as well as sporty ST-Line and ST-Line X all sitting above it in the tree – and that’s before you get to the performance line-up and Active range.

Humble as it may be in the scheme of things, equipment levels are much more generous compared with Style. 16-inch alloy wheels, an arm rest and some leather trim inside are highlights but the biggest improvement is the addition of the 8-inch touch-screen interface which brings with it Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Important things lacking in the standard equipment list are satellite navigation and parking sensors.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (100/125)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (95/120)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to Style

  • 16″ 5×2-spoke alloy wheels in ‘Sparkle Silver’ finish
  • Bright upper door frame mouldings (5-door)
  • Bright lower door frame mouldings (estate)
  • Front fog laps with cornering function
  • Bright roof rails (estate only)

Key interior features, in addition to Style

  • Ford SYNC with 8” TFT touchscreen & App Link Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • Sports style front seats
  • Centre console with armrest
  • 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio controls
  • Leather-trimmed gear knob (manual transmission only)
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Quickclear heated windscreen with heated washer jets

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £20,645, before optional extras.

Titanium

The 2019 Ford Focus Titanium Estate

Another trim level that was once top of the Ford model tree is Titanium. Key additions include keyless start, front and rear parking sensors and sat-nav as standard and the introduction of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines to the line-up both with 148bhp.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (100/125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (150)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (95/120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to Zetec

  • 16″ 15-spoke alloy wheels in ‘Sparkle Silver’ finish
  • Upper grille with chrome surround and horizontal bars
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Ford KeyFree System with Keyless Entry and Keyless Start(with Motion Sensing Key Fob)

Key interior features, in addition to Zetec

  • Navigation system
  • 8″ colour touchscreen
  • 4.2″ TFT coloured cluster
  • FordPass Connect
  • Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Heated front seats
  • Passenger seat manual height & lumbar adjust
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Rear seat centre armrest with cupholder
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £22,645, before optional extras.

Titanium X

Titanium X adds a layer of luxury to Titanium with a little extra leather and a power-adjust drivers’ seat. That’s pretty much it in terms of what’s new.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (100/125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (150)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (95/120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to Titanium

  • 17″ 10×2-spoke alloy wheels in ‘Luster Nickel’ Finish
  • Privacy glass

Key interior features, in addition to Titanium

  • Partial leather trim
  • Soft console knee pads
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts
  • 6-way power adjust driver seat

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £23,895, before optional extras.

Vignale

The 2019 Ford Focus Vignale hatchback

Vignale is the most luxurious Focus ever and adds leather wrapped interior and seats a premium sound system and a whole host of other toys into the mix. Stand-out additions to this trim include the heads-up display, reversing camera and heated steering wheel. The seats are brilliant and instead of 148bhp, the 1.5-litre engine puts out 180bhp.

Review: Ford Focus Vignale

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (182)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to Titanium

  • 18″ 5×3-spoke alloy wheels in ‘Liquid Aluminium’ finish
  • LED headlights
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Unique Vignale front grille & bodystyling
  • Privacy glass
  • Door edge protectors

Key interior features, in addition to Titanium

  • B&O Audio System with 360° sound, with 10 high-series speakers and Digital Sound Processor
  • Rear wide-view camera
  • Active Park Assist
  • Full Vignale leather seat trim
  • Front and rear Vignale floor mats
  • 6-way power adjust driver seat
  • Ambient lighting with multi-colour LED
  • Head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Load through ski hatch

The interior of the 2019 Ford Focus Vignale

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £26,645, before optional extras.

ST-Line

The 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line hatchback

ST-line models take their design queues from the sporty ST performance model. As well as a sportier looking bodykit and a spoiler, compared with Zetec, ST-Line models get a twin chrome exhaust, sports suspension, and an interior filled with sporty red stitching and aluminium ST-line details.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (150)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to Zetec

  • 17″ 5×2-spoke alloy wheels in ‘Rock Metallic’ finish
  • Large body colour rear spoiler
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Unique ST-Line upper & lower grille with full bodystyling kit
  • Polished twin tailpipe
  • ST-Line wing badges
  • Sports tuned suspension

Key interior features, in addition to Zetec

  • Flat bottomed steering wheel with red stitching
  • Aluminium gear knob (manual transmission only)
  • Alloy finish pedals
  • Trim with red stitching
  • Dark headliner
  • Keyless start with Ford Power Starter Button

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £22,895, before optional extras.

ST-Line X

There’s a bigger list of additions between ST-Line and ST-Line X models compared with Titanium and Titanium X. Key additions to ST-Line X include sat nav, red brake calipers, dual-zone A/C and partial leather. ST-Line X models also replace the 148bhp EcoBoost petrol with the 180bhp version also seen in the Vignale.

Review: Ford Focus ST-Line X 

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (182)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features, in addition to ST-Line

  • 18″ 5×2-spoke “Matt Black” machined finish alloy wheels
  • Red brake calipers
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing wipers

Key interior features, in addition to ST-Line

  • Navigation
  • 4.2” TFT coloured cluster
  • 8” colour touchscreen
  • FordPass Connect
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Partial leather trim with red stitching
  • Soft console knee pads with red stitching
  • Front & rear floor mats with red stitching
  • 6-way power adjust driver seat
  • Passenger seat manual height & lumbar adjust
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone Electronic Air Temperature Control (DEATC)

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £25,145, before optional extras.

Active

The 2019 Ford Focus Active hatchback

Active models bring off-road styling queues and raised ride height for buyers who like rugged-looking vehicles but prefer to stick to a traditional hatchback rather than opting for an SUV or crossover. Equipment wise Active is a mixed bag with selectable drive modes (Slippery and trail mode), sat nav and keyless start the main non-cosmetic upgrades compared with Zetec. There are lots of styling upgrades that make this a distinctive and stylish option though.

You can’t get the 148bhp version of the diesel engine on the Active level without moving up to Active X.

Review: Ford Focus Active

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (150)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (120)

Standard Equipment
Key features, in addition to Zetec

  • 17″ 5-spoke “Foundry Black” painted/machined alloy wheels
  • Raised ride height (30 mm higher than standard)
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Black painted roof & mirror caps
  • Black roof rails on 5 door & estate
  • Active front & rear bumper with unique upper & lower grille
  • Unique skid plates & side rocker mouldings
  •  Twin exhaust tailpipes
  • Privacy glass
  • Selectable Drive Modes with Slippery & Trail mode
  • Active branded scuff plates
  • Trim with blue stitching
  • Keyless Start with Ford Power Start Button
  • SYNC 3 with voice control
  • 4.2” TFT coloured cluster
  • Navigation
  • Front & rear floor mats with blue stitching
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts
  • 6-way power adjust driver seat
  • Front passenger seat manual height & lumbar adjust
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone Electronic Air Temperature Control (DEATC)
  • FordPass Connect**

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £22,895, before optional extras.

Active X

Active X adds some of the higher-end touches, such as dual-zone A/C, partial leather and parking sensors to the Active range. You also get a panoramic sun-roof but bear in mind this means hatchback models need to lose the roof-rails to accommodate this.

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost petrol (125)
  • 1.5L EcoBoost petrol (182)
  • 1.5L EcoBlue diesel (120)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue diesel (150)

Standard Equipment

  • Key exterior features in addition to Active
  • 18″ 5×2-spoke “Absolute Black” painted/machined alloy wheels
  • Panorama roof
  • Autowipers and auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Parking distance sensors
  • Electrically-operated and heated, power-foldable door mirrors with body colour housings and integrated side indicators

Key interior features in addition to Active

  • Ford KeyFree System with Ford Power starter button
  • Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) air conditioning
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Partial leather trim with blue stitching
  • Radio with 8″ touchscreen display with DAB, Ford SYNC 3 with Voice Control, plus Bluetooth® and USB connectivity, navigation and six speakers
  • FordPass Connect on-board modem

Prices start at £25,145, before optional extras.

ST

The 2019 Ford Focus ST

Available in five-door and estate configuration, you can once again get the Focus ST with both petrol and diesel powerplants. The 276bhp, 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the faster of the two with a 5.7-second nought to 62mph time, while the 187bhp, 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine posts a respectable 7.6-second time.

Standard Equipment

Key exterior features in addition to ST-Line X

  • 19″ 5×2-spoke alloy wheels in Magnetite finish
  • Painted red brake calipers
  • Rear-view parking camera with wide-angle display
  • Adaptive full LED headlights
  • Rear LED Taillights
  • ST badging
  • Scuff plates – Front, polished stainless steel with etched ‘ST’ logo
  • e-LSD (Electronic Limited Slip Differential) (Petrol Only)
  • Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) Suspension**

Key interior features in addition to ST-Line X

  • B&O Premium Audio System (360° sound, 10 speakers, 675 Watts & Digital Sound Processor)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane-Centring Assist (includes Stop & Go with auto transmission only)
  • Recaro Partial Leather Seats (Dinamica Ebony Black Metal Grey Piping and Stitching)
  • Driver and Passenger Heated Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Ford KeyFree System (with Motion Sensing Key Fob)
  • Front and Rear Floor Mats (Metal Grey Stitching)

Engines available with this trim are:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost Petrol (280)
  • 2.0L EcoBlue Diesel (190)

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £29,495 for the five-door diesel and top out at £33,095 for the petrol estate, before optional extras.

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