2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0 turbo petrol from North America


Fabulous machine, marred only by an inept infotainment system


Unfortunately, this car is cursed with the worst infotainment system possible. It's been an endless nightmare, still unresolved.

First trick was to complain about being unable to access the backup camera. What backup camera? The car never had one.

Second trick was to switch to A/V mode if you restarted the car without completely powering it down. What A/V mode? Why A/V?

Third trick was for the computer to fail completely, and as a consequence, drain the battery flat. They were unable to root cause that - just gave me the weasel words that it's a complex system. That inspires confidence.

Also the boost gauge failed. Apparently from a bum chip. That they could figure out and fix.

General Comments:

Fabulous engine and chassis. More power than an idiot like me should have under the loud pedal. The torque steer is entertaining, although some may consider it excessive.

Comfortable seats, albeit a tad difficult to crawl out of after a bout of hard driving - worse if it's in a tight parking spot.

The lowered suspension and aggressive nose make for a scary but attractive machine. Works best in black - dunno why Ford is so fond of the yellow version; it's a naff colour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th January, 2014

2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0 from North America


Will never buy another Ford


Sunroof opened on its own; had to be adjusted.

Headliner rattled.

Center console rattled.

Engine idled rough on the first start of the day.

Transmission shifted rough.

Ergonomics are bad.

Infotainment system glitches.

General Comments:

Averaged 31 MPG on 87 octane fuel.

No wind noise, but quite a lot of road noise.

Uncomfortable seat bolsters on the bottom of the seat.

Not good for cornering; the turning radius is too big.

Stereo sounded great, but faded out for a second sporadically when using XM and USB.

Navigation system has pretty display, however it is hard to use compared to an inexpensive Garmin Nuvi. Wouldn't work for a while one day, too hard to find points of interest, and entering addresses has to be exact. Can't type in main street if there is a north and south main, etc.

Ford service department at both dealerships I went to lied about what work they performed.

The car rattled like a 10 year old Pinto.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2013

29th Nov 2013, 12:14

Owned several Fords in my life. My luck with them is about 50/50... half were great and half were out and out lemons and heart breakers. There didn't seem to be any middle ground with them... at least the ones I had. Maybe that's why so many people are so passionate and loyal to the brand... and so many dislike them on the other hand...

2013 Ford Focus SE from North America


Fun and great on gas!


Sync (NOT the Sync Touch) gets confused sometimes and could be faster to respond.

GPS directions could be easier to follow.

Steering requires a bit too much constant back and forth effort at high speeds (75mph+).

General Comments:

Very nice drive.


Would easily buy again.

Dealer was fantastic.

Great gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2013

2013 Ford Focus from North America


This was a car that we rented on a trip, so nothing went wrong.

General Comments:

We rented this Focus on a week-long trip, which covered about 500 miles. I always try to rent a different car each time, and so I figured I would try this one out for size.

First of all, in general I'd say the car was solidly built and well thought out. The fuel economy seemed reasonable as we achieved at least 30 MPG for the entire trip. The amount of "goodies" the car came with was also surprisingly generous for a compact econo car.

That said... this wasn't my favorite car I've driven. The model we rented was the hatchback model and there were some serious blind spots, which was partially remedied by the car's mirrors. Still - it was a bit concerning on the freeway when we changed lanes. I felt that the car's acceleration wasn't exactly satisfying. It, like many cars I've driven over the past few years, seems to have a pronounced lag from the time the pedal is pressed to when the engine actually responds. I felt that the car was a tad sluggish. Handling was decent. The braking was far too tight and sensitive.

I feel Ford really needs to work out their Sync system better, because I never was able to figure out how it worked. My phone does a better job of understanding what it is I'm trying to say. It seems like the only way Sync works is to know beforehand what commands you can use, which to me makes it a little useless. In fact, the overall layout and UI of the dash was confusing. The dash and center console are split up into lots of little separate segments, and trying to get an overall view of the current status was difficult. The controls were not obvious. It took me a long time to figure how how to get the cruise control to work. The wipers were totally confusing as well. Simply put, the controls were not very intuitive. To be fair, I would likely figure things out eventually. But I've rented other cars in the past where it was instantly clear what did what on the dash.

But overall, I'd say that the Focus is a good value vehicle, which really and truly offers a neck and neck competitive choice when it comes to econo cars. Both foreign and domestic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd October, 2013