2020 Ford Focus Active Review | With its Ecosport, Kuga, and Edge, Ford is well established in the SUV segment. The manufacturer of American origin has been offering for the last few months a range of raised fighter models called “Active”. After the Ka +, the Fiesta, here is now his third member: the Focus. First test drive of the 1.5 Ecoboost 150 hp.
A few years ago, some German premium manufacturers such as Audi or Mercedes, Swedish ( Volvo ) or even Italian (Alfa Romeo) marketed versions of some of their models, including the station wagons. While a few, rare, have persevered, many of them have abandoned this niche and yielded to the sirens of SUVs. A trend that tends to become widespread as the share of this type of vehicle continues to grow.
2020 Ford Focus Active Design
Like any self-regulating version, this 2020 Ford Focus Active inherits a particular exterior design, with certain details reminiscent of the 4×4 world, such as body protections, front and rear skis or 17-inch wheels with all-wheel tires. ground. This complements the redesigned grille and black roof bars. On the other hand, very few specificities in the cabin with only an exclusive saddlery.
For the rest, and not surprisingly, this Active takes the dashboard of the latest generation of Focus. Much more refined than the previous one but with a relatively classic design, it stands out above all by the disappearance of a multitude of buttons replaced by a multimedia touch screen, all managed by the Sync 3 system. Good news, even if the steering wheel is still loaded with various orders. Improved ergonomics is accompanied by a careful presentation of both the assembly and quality of materials. Note that this Focus is equipped with a head-up display, a first at Ford.
Status quo for the practical aspects with a trunk volume between 375 and 1,354 liters, far from the best in the category and livability in the good average of the segment whether it is in the space of the knees or the guard at the roof.
Features & Equipment
Equipment issue, the 2020 Ford Focus Active versions take as a basis the intermediate finish Titanium. They are therefore equipped with 4 power windows, foldable rear seat, automatic headlight lighting, heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors body color, 6 airbags, assistance to maintain the track, control of tire pressure, pre-collision system, front and rear parking assist, automatic parking brake, cruise control/speed limiter, Sync3 multimedia system with 8-inch navigation and touch screen, dual-mode automatic climate control -zone, wifi hotspot, access and keyless boot and color board computer.
2020 Ford Focus Active Performance Review – More Versatile
With its 30mm raised ground clearance, all-road tires and the appearance of two driving modes: slippery terrain (adjustment of traction control and ESP) and track (for rugged terrain with ESP disconnection) , the 2020 Ford Focus Active can now venture without any problem out of the bitumen.
So, do not see in her a pure and hard franchisor, it’s not her vocation, especially since she does not have full transmission. However, these new capabilities should be largely sufficient for motorists who adhere to nature sports or escape.
These benefits do not degrade the dynamic qualities of Focus on the road. Due to the increased ground clearance and changes to the suspensions, springs, dampers, ESC and steering wishbones, this 2020 Ford Focus Active version is a little less lively and dynamic than other Focus models. Logic, but we must recognize that it is very far from becoming a bad student on the road, on the contrary. Cash movements are always well contained and comfort is good. The direction is precise and pleasant to handle.
Since the beginning of the career of this fourth generation Focus, gasoline engines constitute the majority of sales (75%), including 50% just for the 1.0 Ecoboost 125 hp. The diesel engine is only 25%. This 2020 Ford Focus Active does not include the two entry-level engines of the Focus. It is only available, in essence, with Ecoboost 125 and 150 hp and diesel with Ecoblue blocks of the same power, four engines that can be coupled to either the 6-speed manual transmission or the 8-speed automatic.
For this first test, we chose the 1.5 Ecoboost 150 hp. An entirely new engine that replaces the 4-cylinder of the same power, except that it is now a three-cylinder. Thanks to its 240 Nm of torque, it shows good tonicity, all in a rather pleasant raging sound. It is associated here with the automatic gearbox whose handling via a circular control is not very ergonomic and natural. In use, the gear changes are fluid even if jolts are felt at low speeds. The situation is even worse in manual with a flagrant lack of responsiveness. The consumption measured during our test is not extraordinary either because we found an average of around 9 l / 100 km.
For all those looking for an SUV-looking vehicle but wanting to limit their spending during the purchase or every day, this 2020 Ford Focus Active represents an interesting alternative because its additional cost of €750 compared to the sedan is moderate. For this sum, you will be entitled to a model with a specific appearance, greater versatility with the ability to venture into the fields and retaining almost all the qualities of the latest generation Focus. So why not?