2014 Ford Focus Titanium TDCI 1.6 turbo diesel from Romania
Best handling and best looking family car in its class
My only gripe is the low quality of the interior materials and some ergonomic issues.
The soft, thin leather on the steering wheel and on the gear shifter knob is worn out, seat fabric is thin, already started to wrinkle on the driver seat's side support. The seat fabric and wheel / knob leather leather in my old Focus 1 was much better.
There's a few ergonomic issues as well: climate controls are many, small and fiddly, placed too low and require constant taking your eyes off the road.
Being the Titanium trim level, it has some fake chrome inserts in the steering wheel and around the air vents which - at certain sun angles, and due to the huge, sloping front windscreen - they reflect and shine wildly into your eyes.
The 4 air vents in the dash are small, awkward in shape and placement, with little adjustment. Sadly, form and style won over function there.
Excellent, sporty handling, like we've come to expect of the Focus, even in estate (station wagon) version like I have, especially when driving solo. That is one of the main reasons I bought this car. The 1.6 diesel engine, 115 hp is OK, but if the car is full it's sort of weak and sluggish.
Plenty of space in the boot, no lip in the back, rear seats fold without taking off the headrests - you can easily fit a normal sized bicycle in there, lots of small storage spaces across the car, plus USB ports. Much better noise insulation compared to previous versions.
But the interior space is small, too small for the size of the car; the dashboard and center console are especially large and intrusive. The feeling is there's less space inside than in a Mk2 (previous generation) Focus.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2019
7th Dec 2019, 10:52
Well written review. This is a good car. However I'm with you on saying that the fiddly climate and radio controls are rubbish. They are annoying and dangerous. It's not just this car to be fair - most cars from 2010 onwards all seem to insist on having a touch screen and small buttons in the centre console. Just Google "annoying modern car features". You are not alone, manufacturers should take note!
7th Dec 2019, 17:36
One of the nicer looking cars Ford has made. But some owners had troubles with the Powershift dual clutch transmission that was made in Mexico. Carcomplaints.com has it as a clunker alert on the 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles. Looks like that transmission is a lot better in 2018. Also Ford says they will replace or fix those defective transmissions, but many people traded them in at a terrible loss...