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.
The new Ford Focus, unveiled today, will be priced from £17,930 when it goes on sale later, with first deliveries expected to arrive at dealerships in September.
Ford has announced that the new Mustang Bullitt will be coming to Europe and, with a bit of luck, it will arrive here in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen film.
There’s just no getting away from it, this is a very expensive car. With a price tag well north of the £40,000 price barrier, the Ford Edge Vignale certainly has its work cut out if it's to compete with the more established premium brands. We spent a week with it to see how it fared.
The new 2018 Ford Mustang for Europe has been officially unveiled today. The most obvious change is to the design of the front end, with a more aggressive bonnet line and grille, aimed at improving aerodynamics.
Recently, the Ford Fiesta was crowned the UK's best-selling car of all time, having shifted more than 4.1 million over the course of its 40-year history. But today’s Fiesta is a far cry from the basic shopping trolley of the seventies and eighties. In fact, this new seventh generation Fiesta almost has more kit and technology than a Mercedes S-Class from just a few years ago. Ford claim it’s the most technologically advanced small car on sale in Europe and, as far as we can tell, they’re not wrong.
While most people probably think of pickups as a fairly simple creation, these days buyers expect something more from their working vehicles: like all-day comfort, for one. That makes designing the modern pick-up a rather more delicate balancing act than it used to be, one that some manufacturers seem to struggle with, with more than one recently-launched pickup arriving onto the market while, shall we say, significantly under-engined. Thankfully, there is an answer in the form of the Ford Ranger, and with the option of a 3.2-litre five-cylinder it’s currently the most powerful pickup on the market.