The 2020 Ford Focus will arrive in dealerships in the summer, with a multitude of finishes and engines. The goal: capture a maximum of clients in the archi-contested category, dominated in Europe by the 308. First confrontation virtual to see the strengths and weaknesses of the Ford against the Habs reference.
2020 Ford Focus vs Peugeot 308 Design: a Ford inspired
What strikes with the new Focus (to the point that is, in fact, a specific topic), is the resemblance with a multitude of other cars. Ford, including the latest Fiesta, which is rather logical, but also competitors like the Fiat Tipo. You can have a sense of déjà vu, but the design remains modern. Above all, he is athletic, with a long hood, well-marked wings, and a swooping roof.
In front, the 308 looks more classic, with shapes that express more Germanic solidity. Restyled only in 2017, the lioness resistant to the passing of time, even though she had no right to the last effects of the style of the manufacturer, as the black headband between the lights.
Point: Ford, more muscular and multifaceted.
Interior presentation: you cleaned up the buttons
The roles are reversed. The sporting aspect, it is found here in the 308, which scores points with its friendly small flying. Instrumentation placed in height is also pleasant, even if for some counters lack legibility, the wheel that can interfere. The presentation is simplified, with a touch screen that allows almost everything. Maybe too much, because you have to navigate the menus for the AC. Fortunately, the screen is more responsive since the restyling.
The Ford seems to find the right balance. And made great progress. High versions have a screen of 8 inches at your fingertips. But there are always physical orders for the AC. The Focus blows even when hot and cold, with on one side a wheel invaded keys and the other a very effective voice SYNC system! The presentation is classic but more air.
Point: Peugeot, for the typical position of driving a pleasure.
2020 Focus vs Peugeot 308 Interior Volume & Size
The Focus changes of basis. 4.38 meters long, it takes 2 cm in length. The wheelbase is stretched to 5 cm. Ford has not yet provided many dimensions for inside. We know that space to the shoulders is 1 421 mm at the front and 1 395 mm at the rear. For the 308, it’s 1 395 and 1 365 mm. On the other hand, side chest bench seat in place, the 308 made better with 420 liters against 388 for the Focus. But in maximum volume, the Focus is 1 354 liters, against 1 228 liters for the lioness.
Point: Focus, also through a field of vision more clear for the rear passengers.
Technology: high range generalists
Since its restyling, the 308 is up-to-date. It benefits from an emergency braking, monitoring of dead angles, an alert of crossing white line with help to maintain in the way, monitoring of the alertness of the driver, able active speed control with the new box auto EAT8 stop and restart the car or assistance to the niche.
All of this, the Focus has. The former was already one of the compact more technology generalists. Inevitably, the new is better. It offers assistance to avoidance, which affects the direction when the driver tries to get around an obstacle. Its system of automatic niche also manages everything, including Accelerator and brake. In addition, connectivity, Ford is ahead with voice commands SYNC3 and the possibility of transforming the car terminal in Wifi.
Pomit: Ford, more connected.
2020 Ford Focus vs Peugeot 308 – Engine
There are manufacturers that reduce the sail, keeping only the most profitable models/bodywork/engine. But at Ford, it’s the choice of the King. In addition, to multiplying the figures (ST Line, Vignale, Active), the Focus offers to start a wide choice of engines. In gasoline, there are the three-cylinder EcoBoost available in 85, 100 and 125 HP. Then, there is the EcoBoost to 150 and 182 c. 1.5 In a diesel, there are 95 and 120 HP EcoBlue 1.5, then 2.0 EcoBlue of 150 hp. The tougher ST and RS will arrive later.
Peugeot, there are essences 1.2 PureTech 110 and 130 HP, and a recent update from 1.6, from 205 to 225 HP. For the HDi, it’s 100, 130, 150, 180 HP. The 308 is also sporting version GTi of 270 HP. On both sides, side automatic, one box 8 reports to the taste of the day is in the program.
Point: Peugeot, which offers bigger engines.
2020 Ford Focus vs Peugeot 308 – Verdict
On paper it’s tight, and no doubt it will also be on the road. The 308 is a reference in the category, including unparalleled comfort/happy compromise, and new engines to the top. But Ford is also famous for his frame and its new generation of engines was also welcomed. In addition, the Focus takes the packet side technology and improves its internal presentation. In short, a duel of top-flight looming.