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If you’re in the market for a mainstream small car let’s eliminate the crap and get you down to a manageable short list so you can go test driving with confidence this weekend. DON'T BUY: - Chery J3 - nobody deserves that - Proton Persona, Preve and Suprima S: all inferior. - Skoda Rapid: clubbed with reliability deficiencies. - Toyota Prius: a nice idea that still hasn’t really caught on. - Citroen C4 and DS4: irrelevant to mainstream buyers - Kia Soul and Toyota Rukus: Ditto - Peugeot 3008: What were they thinking? - Renault’s Fluence: never really got out of the blocks either. - Alfa Romeo Guilietta: Too risky - like having a fling with the boss’s PA, on the boardroom table. Volkswagen Golf: Just gorgeous. In that minimalist, Teutonic way. And great to drive. What a pity Volkswagen still hasn’t bothered to get its act together on reliability. Buying a Volkswagen Golf is like playing Russian roulette with reliability - and four of the chambers are loaded. Holden Cruze Without doubt the Cruze is the worst mainstream small car on Australian roads today. The Cruze is a hand grenade with a loose pin, and Holden has managed to make the Cruze even uglier for 2015. That’s a real achievement. Honda Civic Honda was a great carmaker in the 1990s - the BMW of the Orient. But the Honda of today is just a shadow of its former self: smashed by the global financial crisis and washed up on the rocks after the terrible Tohoku tsunami. The Civic sedan today has been substantively unchanged since 2006. In human years, that makes it about 90 years old. Mitsubishi Lancer I had hair when this platform was launchedThis year marks the 10th year on sale for the current generation Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Lancer. If you want a brand new car that’s essentially already a decade old, these are the two for you. Nissan Pulsar Pretty new, but manuals aren’t all that well sorted out and the auto is a CVT. Nissan is having a horror run with CVT reliability issues elsewhere in its inventory, and it’s probably too risky to give the CVT in the Pulsar the benefit of the doubt. Renault Megane and the Peugeot 308 have to go to that great parking garage in the sky, as well. Ford Focus Frankly, here’s a car with delusions of adequacy. It’s pitched squarely at the Mazda3, but it really doesn’t measure up. It’s made in Thailand, which has had a free-trade agreement in place for donkey’s years, and yet it’s not cheaper than the Mazda3, which is made in Japan. The Focus powertrain’s not as good as the Mazda: 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol fours in the Focus are down on power and torque, as well as less fuel efficient than Mazda’s 2.0 and 2.5-litre SKYACTIV petrol fours. The Focus has a hideous dual-clutch transmission that’s just wrong for normal driving. And sales are in freefall. So, basically, if you want a car that costs the same as a Mazda3 but is less powerful, less efficient, worse at changing gear in traffic and the same price, your search is over. But I think the rest of us will move on. THE SHORT LIST So that leaves us with six very solid mainstream contenders for your cash: Hyundai Elantra and i30, Kia Cerato, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla. Toyota Corolla The smart conservative buy. It’s not sporty. It’s not especially engaging. It’s comfortable. It’s capable. It does what you tell it, and it never backchats. It’s well adjusted. It’s also the top-selling car in the country. If you want transport, and the car’s essentially not an extension of your ego, Corolla is ideal. Subaru Impreza It's on this short list because it’s the only one with permanent all-wheel drive. It’s a real asset for dynamic composure on wet bitumen and unsealed roads in particular. So if you’re concerned about having to negotiate regularly a treacherous bit of road in the wet, perhaps with a baby on board, then Impreza is one car to test drive. South Koreans The fundamental engineering underpinnings are common to all three. Elantra is essentially an i30 sedan. Cerato is available in sedan and hatch. i30 also comes in a neat wagon, and Cerato is also available as a coupe. The South Korean warranty is also very impressive: five years for the Hyundais; seven for the Kia - both with unlimited kilometres. Everything else on the short list: three years’ warranty with 100,000 kilometres. Mazda3 Brilliant to drive. Great on technology, but not quite as sharp on value or warranty as the South Koreans. Any Mazda3 with ‘SP25’ in its name - straight SP25, SP25 GT or SP25 Astina - is the pick for anyone who loves driving. The 2.5-litre engine in these models is a serious upgrade on the 2.0-litre in lesser Mazda3s and they’re very refined cars overall.
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The 2018 Ford Focus is a well-rounded and competent small car. It's available in a variety of flavors, including a no-frills commuter machine, a high-performance hatchback and, yes, even as an EV.
The core appeal of the 2018 Ford Focus, however, remains its comfortable ride along with enjoyable handling and a quiet interior. We also like the the available Sync 3 infotainment system. It's fast and powerful and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ensuring your commute won't lack entertainment.
On the downside, the Focus' rear seating is tighter than its competitors', and the available 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine's power can seem inadequate when you're accelerating to highway speeds or passing. Certain rivals best the 2018 Focus in these areas, but we think it's worth a look if you're shopping for a small sedan or hatchback.
The Ford Focus is essentially unchanged for 2018.
The 2018 Ford Focus is a front-wheel-drive compact economy car that is available as a sedan or hatchback. It comes in a variety of styles and trim levels. The core starts with the bare-bones S, which is followed by the budget-conscious SE, the well-equipped SEL and the top-of-the-line Titanium. Adjacent to these trims is an electric variant that is called, simply, Electric. The performance-oriented ST and high-performance RS, which have more powerful engines and aggressive suspension tuning, are reviewed separately.
The base S trim is available only as a sedan and employs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 146 pound-feet of torque). A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional.
It comes with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch central display, power front windows (manual rear windows), power locks and mirrors, Ford's MyKey (limits speed, audio volume, etc., for young drivers), voice controls, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system and USB port.
One step up is the SE, which is available as a hatchback or sedan. The hatchback comes with the 2.0-liter engine and six-speed automatic, while the sedan uses a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine (123 hp, 125 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
Standard SE equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, power rear windows, a trip computer, a front center armrest, rear air vents and a six-speaker sound system. Available options include a Cold Weather package (adds heated mirrors and heated front seats and steering wheel). SE trims equipped with the 1.0-liter engine have access to an Appearance package that adds different 16-inch wheels, daytime running lights, foglights and black exterior detail elements. A 17-inch wheel upgrade is also available with this package.
The SEL trim is available as a sedan or hatchback. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, daytime running lights, foglights, a sunroof, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear proximity sensors, an 8-inch entertainment screen with Sync 3 (includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support), two USB charging ports and a 10-speaker Sony stereo system. Options include the aforementioned Cold Weather package and navigation with satellite radio.
The Focus Titanium has the highest level of standard equipment. Its exterior wears a different style of 17-inch wheel and chrome exterior trim. The interior gets leather-trimmed seats, four-way adjustable headrests, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, rear center armrest, seatback map pockets and remote start. While the Cold Weather package is standard, an optional Titanium Technology package adds automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
As you might guess, the hatchback-only Focus Electric is powered by an electric motor (143 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque) that runs through a single-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated range is 115 miles. It's equipped similarly to the Titanium trim but boasts xenon headlights and restyled taillights. Leather-trimmed seats are optional.