2015 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback Manual, needs more power

2015-06-12 07:13:41
2015 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback Manual, needs more power
2015 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback Manual, needs more power

Ford has been praised for its range of EcoBoost Powerplant, which is the Ford equivalent of turbocharging, but the same cannot be credited to its production of naturally aspirated engines. After sometimes spending driving the 2015 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback Manual, we came to know why such thoughts are harbored.


A 2.0 Liter four-cylinder engine has been offered to the Focus, and it is square in design and has variable valve timing, high compression ratio, and direct injection. These statistics suggest that the engine is capable of producing higher revs and increase amount of horsepower, but in fact it does not live up to that. The engine is rated for producing 160-hp and in terms of horsepower the 2.0 Liter cannot be called lukewarm. Even the 0-60mph timing of 7.9 seconds is not frosty, but the timing of 16.3 seconds for a quarter cannot be termed as deliberate. The gear ratio has been increased not for mph but for mpg which according to EPA is 26/36mpg for city and highway. With some aggressive driving in our tests, we could only muster 25mpg overall.

Know that it is a fuel sipper, why would we flog it to drink more fuel? We found the package apart from this as eager and ready with a quick response showing great alacrity. Further, the body motions are well controlled, and we experienced the modest amount of roll during the drive. The steering powered by electricity is astonishingly quick with its 2.3 turns lock to lock and more laudable its accuracy. There is another surprising element in the making of the Focus, the Pirelli P Zero all season tires’ serious grip, and it is set on eye-ball grabbing 18-inch aluminum wheels. This package of wheel/tires is optional at $625, and it offers a skidpad performance of 0.89g while experiencing modest understeer. This is great inspiration for highway speed driving, and still it requires 180-feet for a dead stop speeding from 70-0 mph and it also displayed nominal brake fade while on the test track. Much was expected from the sticky tires though.

The trim top level for the Focus is the Titanium, and it has been enhanced with a tech package worth $795 and it offers rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance. For further $795 you get the navigation too.  This would make the total amount to a grand $26,710 and the equivalent of what you pay for a Ford Focus ST with 252-hp. If speed is not your forte while considering the buy, then you can term the Focus Titanium as with ST responses, no torque steer, and better ride quality. But we would like the Focus with a more sporting Powertrain like its chassis.

The Ford Focus Titanium is with the front-engine layout and is front-wheel-drive. It is offered in four-door hatchback body style and can seat five passengers.   The engine has a displacement of 1999cc, and it produces 160hp and 146 lb-ft torque. A five-speed manual is the only option available. It weighs 3045 lbs and can generate a top speed of governor limited 121mph.

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