The Ford Focus is currently in its fourth generation. Currently available in Europe and a few other markets around the world, the hatchback (also sold as an estate in some countries) is facing an uncertain future as the automaker is restructuring its business towards building more SUVs and trucks. Many customers are surely going to miss the Focus though, as it is undoubtedly one of the best mainstream driver’s cars.
Case in point – km77.com’s latest moose test of the facelifted Focus for the Spanish market. The evaluated vehicle has a 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder turbocharged engine with mild hybrid support, generating a peak output of 123 bhp (92 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm. This is one of four available engines in that market, together with a more powerful 153 bhp (114 kW) 1.0-litre option, a 1.5-litre diesel with 114 bhp (85 kW), and the Focus ST with its 2.3-litre inline-four putting out 276 bhp (206 kW).
Gallery: 2022 Ford Focus facelift
The test vehicle rides on 215/50 R17 Continental EcoContact 6 tyres and it’s also worth pointing out that it is equipped from the factory with the ST-Line kit. It adds a slightly stiffer suspension and a multi-link rear suspension setup. As a side note, only the ST-Line and estate models get the multi-link suspension at the back as the rest of the range comes from the factory with a torsion beam setup.
During the first attempt, the Focus doesn’t perform great but that’s probably because the driver isn’t prepared for the reactions of the car. After a few other attempts, the blue hatch covers the moose test with a speed of 47.2 miles per hour (76 kilometres per hour), which is a good result for a hatchback that is now five years old.
The facelifted version of the current generation Focus debuted in November 2021 with new electrified powertrains, design upgrades, and a new infotainment system. The highlight of the tech boost was the introduction of a new 13.2-inch touchscreen with support for over-the-air updates and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.