2015 Ford Focus 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Would be a great car if it was a straight drive

Faults:

Only issues are the Powershift clutches. Thank the Lord Ford extended their warranty on our transmission till 120k. When it's paid off, I will probably look for an older, bigger Ford car.

The car gets about 32-33 MPG in mixed driving. Up to 38-40 or so on the highway.

If it wasn't for the Powershift transmission, this car would be great. New clutches about every 20k miles.

General Comments:

Good acceleration and good gas mileage. Seems pretty solid except for the transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2018

2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0 gasoline from North America

Summary:

Just as everyone says - great car, lousy transmission

Faults:

Powershift transmission.

General Comments:

This was a rental car for me. Normally I would not post a review on a car I rented as opposed to having owned, but there is not much information online about how Ford is getting on regarding fixing the problems with the Powershift dual clutch automatic transmission. So I am posting this in case anyone else is wondering about it.

I was thinking of buying a Focus, and had heard that is was a great car with the exception of the transmission. So, when I needed a car for a few days while travelling, I chose a Focus to find out for myself. I chose one on the rental car lot with nearly 40,000 miles on it, figuring that at that mileage, if there was a problem with the transmission, it would be readily apparent. Well... I was right - it was.

Starting from a standstill, the widely-discussed clutch issue was present on this car. As the clutch was (automatically) applied when the gas pedal was pressed, the clutch juddered as if it had warped clutch plates. The whole car juddered, and the car seemed to react to this by applying and cutting the fuel to the engine, making the problem worse and "surging" acceleration. It feels just like being driven in a manual car that has loose engine mounts and a warped clutch, by a driver who does not know how to drive a manual.

This is a shame, because the rest of the car is fantastic. I have driven lots of cars, and this is probably the best handling car I've ever driven. It goes round bends like a go kart - totally flat with no body roll and it sticks to the road like glue. It also has good engine power and acceleration. If you like driving fast on curvy back roads, you can do it in this; ridiculously fast. And it has fantastic fuel economy - a steady 70 mph on the freeway gets you 45 MPG. Travel at 60 mph and it gets 52 MPG.

The road noise is low, except on the worst surfaces. The ride is good with minimal impacts from potholes felt inside. The seats are semi-comfortable, but do hold you in very well and prevent you from sliding out if you decide to take advantage of the handling and pull some lateral g.

So, a great car, and no, I won't buy one until they fix the transmission issues.

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

Review Date: 25th September, 2016

5th Nov 2017, 19:25

I just bought a slightly used 2015 with only 6,800 miles, but it has the manual 5 speed transmission. It is one of the smoothest shifting manuals I have owned. I really wanted to go back to a manual this time around and reading the reviews on the AT issues, I am glad I did. Mine is a pretty fully loaded SE with leather heated seats and steering wheel, moonroof, premium sound, ambient lighting, and 4 wheel disk brakes (which aren't shown anywhere on the original sticker). It also has the premium wheels with the SE appearance package. Overall it's a very nice example of the Focus. It's also a sedan, which in my opinion looks better than the hatch, even though it has a bit less utility. I'm thinking maybe an ST the next time around, now that I have seen how good these cars are to drive. Another 85 HP would be a lot of fun.

20th May 2018, 11:49

Yep, I'm the one with the 5-speed... Traded it in already. I jumped the gun on a positive review. The clutch had an annoying squeak to it. In all honesty it could have been something else like an engine mount or something. It also had so many rattles and squeaks inside at only 10K miles I didn't want to keep it any longer. It will likely be my last American vehicle as these types of issues on a 10K mile vehicle are inexcusable. I had an '09 and it had some issues too, but seemed a much better car overall than the '15. Ford just can't compete with the imports in this segment.