The latest generation of Ford Focus has been firmly established in the market after two years of operation and, as planned, It is one of the mainstays of the oval brand. As a multi-purpose compact it has already proven a lot, and now its virtues are enhanced with new technologies, because the traditional mechanics are gradually giving way to the cleanest and most efficient ones.

It is the case of 155-horsepower 1.0 Ecoboost light hybrid (also known as Mild Hybrid or MHEV) engine, which we have tested with the Sportbreak bodywork,that has that extra space which makes it very useful for those who need to carry a lot of luggage or bulky objects.

As can be seen from the images, if the silhouette of the Focus already exudes dynamism, With the ST Line X trim that this unit had, the sporty touch is even greater. The grille with large front air intakes, the side sills in body color, the rear spoiler or the imposing 17-inch wheels, for example, contributes to this.

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Inside are the steering wheel and sports seats – with red stitching – and the details in carbon look that are responsible for accentuating the atmosphere. Otherwise, its 4.6 meters in length and its 2.7 meters of wheelbase offer a lot of interior space, including the rear seats, with a boot that provides a base of 608 liters.With a very easy to operate mechanism, the second row of seats can be folded down to 1,650 liters to transport almost everything. Further, the boot floor is positioned to cover the space underneath and save objects without them being seen.

In action

We know, therefore, that we are looking at a car with a dynamic design, which is large and versatile, so let’s move on to driving. For this we have a 1-liter Mild Hybrid gasoline engine and 155 horsepower. The 48-volt system consists of a starter-generator and a battery –Located under the passenger seat– which is complemented by the heat engine to provide more torque and unload work at specific times, which results in efficiency. It also regenerates with the energy of deceleration and braking, so that it does not have to be plugged in.

It is noticeable in the thrust from low rpm, also due to the effect of the turbo, and in addition the exhaust system of this version offers a sporty sound that accompanies

In practice, the truth is that you notice a lot in the thrust from low rpm, also due to the effect of the turbo, and in addition the exhaust system of this version offers a sporty sound that accompanies driving. The change is manual, with short lever travel and quite precise, and the gears are stretched to get a solid advance.

From comfort in the city and on the highway, it turns to a good performance in cornering areas, and the feeling of control is total thanks to the sports suspension that is standard on this ST Line X trim level.

For driving, you can choose between three programs, “Normal”, “Eco” and “Sport”, which “draw” a specific interface in the digital box.l 12.3 inches of this Focus. The difference in engine response between the “Eco” and “Sport” is remarkable, as is consumption, which was around 7 liters per 100 km in our test, which differs from the approved 5.1 liters due to its conditions, although it is still an interesting average figure. CO2 emissions are also low, with 115 grams per kilometer.

Regarding the equipment of the ST Line X, in addition to what we have been mentioning, highlights the comprehensive SYNC3 connectivity and multimedia package via the 8-inch center screen, the dual zone climate control, the electric opening gate, the rear view camera and security systems such as the pre-collision assistant with pedestrian and cyclist detection or the lane keeping alert. This unit featured the useful optional technology package with traffic sign recognition, driver alert system and adaptive cruise control.

The base price of this 155 hp Focus Sportbreak ST Line X Mild Hybrid, which also has the DGT “Eco” label, is 28,325 euros, But currently there is an interesting promotional campaign that reduces it to 23,704 euros.

DATASHEET

Motor: Gasolina, Mild Hybrid.

Power (kW / CV): 114/155.

Change: Manual, 6 speeds.

Largo (mm): 4.668.

Ancho (mm): 1.825.

Alto (mm): 1.494.

Trunk (liters): 608.

Maximum speed (km / h): 209.

From 0 to 100 km / h (sec.): 9,4.

Average consumption (l / 100 km): 5,1.

CO2 emissions (gr / km): 115.

Price (euros): 28.325.