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2015 Ford Focus Facelift Tested

2015 Ford Focus Facelift 1 photo
Photo: Mircea Panait
When the third generation Focus made its debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Ford made a big case on its ambitions with the compact car segment.
The Kinetic Design 2.0 language, the improvements operated to the oily bits and electronics, as well as the added creature comforts showed that the Focus Mk3 is hot on the VW Golf’s tail.

In a fortunate turn of events for the Blue Oval, the third generation of the breed proved to be to the liking of many people around the world. To the present moment, Ford moved north of 12 million examples of the Focus on a global scale.

It’s hardly a surprise Ford spent $100 million to revamp its best-selling car for the 2015 model year.

autoevolution tested the facelifted Focus with the brand new 1.5-liter EcoBoost. The latest entry in the EcoBoost family is a four-cylinder that comes in two variations - 150 ponies and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) as the one we tested, or a slightly more potent 182 horsepower variant. Coupled to the slick shifting six-speed manual gearbox, the turbocharged mill is a cracker even though it’s not as frugal as the 1.0 EcoBoost.

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The pick of the bunch is the relatively new 1.5 TDCi, but the revamped 1.6 turbo diesel isn’t bad either. In terms of handling, it doesn’t disappoint this facelifted Focus. After all, even base models come with a multilink independent rear setup, which keeps thing in check when you push the 2015 Focus hard.

The redesign may not be to everyone’s liking, especially if you don’t go for the Xenon pack, which adds LED daytime running lights front and rear. A lot of new or enhanced elements made us like the 2015 Focus more than the pre-facelift model. Nevertheless, there are a handful of aspects that nagged us too.

Take a look at our review of the 2015 Ford Focus to find out its good points and its bad points.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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