Several times during a 500-mile round-trip to Cornwall in the new Ford Focus Active, I noticed cars would often become ‘stuck’ in its blind-spot. After it happened for the sixth time, I came to the conclusion people were slowing down to get a better look.
Much has been written about the new Ford Focus ST hatchback. The thing is, it’s the estate that interests us, because as well as being fans of fast Fords, we Brits love a good wagon. And this is a very good wagon indeed.
Gone are the days when a pick-up could be constructed from little more than a few bits of pig iron perched atop some cart springs. Perhaps mindful of that, the new Ford Ranger is now laden with more safety gizmos and connected features than ever before.
Leave the name – Mustang Mach-E – to one side for a moment, as this is clearly going to be one hell of a car.
The new Ford Puma - reborn as a compact SUV - is available to order now in a three-model range, with prices starting from £20,845.
Almost since the Ford Ranger was launched, enterprising retailers have been merrily bolting on a range of rufty-tufty accessories to attract the growing number of people who feel a chunky 2.5-ton pick-up truck just isn’t bad-ass enough for them. Now the new Ranger Raptor is about to put them all to shame.
After a week spent with the new Ford Focus ST-Line Estate, I find myself wondering if I’ve accidentally stumbled upon the sweet spot of the Focus range. That's because there doesn't appear to be any downside to opting for the wagon, and in ST-Line spec that means you have both spirited performance, excellent handling, and genuine load-lugging capability all in one package.
The new Ford Focus ST will arrive in the UK this summer, powered by a 280ps 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol or 190ps 2.0-litre diesel engine, and in a choice of five-door hatchback or estate body styles.
A new Ford Ranger will arrive mid way through 2019, sporting a new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, the option of a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a wider range of driver assistance technologies.
There’s an incredible amount of clever technology in the new Ford Focus, from the adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, to the LED headlights that pre-emptively adjust their pattern before entering a corner. Clearly, this new Ford Focus is a very different beast to the one that went before it. In fact, we'd say it's more grown up. Mature, even.
Ford has made many changes to the Mustang for this year, but there’s one that’s particularly successful. So successful, in fact, that I’d almost irretrievably fallen in love with it the second I pressed the start button. It’s the noise. Because now the Mustang sounds exactly like a Mustang should.
I'm old enough to remember the Ford Fiesta XR2, having spent most of my late teenage years tearing around the countryside in one. My God was it chuckable, filled with a cheeky sense of fun that made you feel you hadn't so much bought a car as found a new best mate. That's how I feel about the new Fiesta ST.