Zetec S Red Edition 1.5T EcoBoost
For 2016, Ford are introducing a
number of colour editions of their
most popular models; the Ka, Fiesta,
B-Max and Focus. In the case of
a model range which
found 83,816 UK customers last year
there are now Zetec S Red and
Zetec S Black editions...
NEW FOCUS ZETEC S RED EDITION features a Race Red exterior and contrasting Panther
Black roof, black mirror caps and black grille surround. However if black is
your colour of choice then you can instead have a Black Edition
it simply reverses the combination with a Panther Black exterior, Race Red roof,
red mirror caps and red grille surround.
Reminds me of Henry Ford's comments about having any colour as long as it's
black. Still, red-and-black (or black-and-red) is a step up. And it doesn't
end there the Focus's new two-tone theme is carried through to
the interior with a black-painted centre stack, black leather sports steering
wheel and gear lever gaiter with red stitching, black leather handbrake lever
and gaiter with red stitching, black floor mats with red stitching and charcoal
black sport seats, also with Yes, you guessed it
contrasting red stitching!
versions feature unique Panther Black 17-inch alloy wheels, upper and lower
honeycomb-style black grille, a sports body styling kit with muscular bumpers,
side sill skirts, red-painted brake callipers and a body-coloured rear spoiler.
only in five-
customers have the
choice of either a 1.5-litre
turboed petrol engine
delivering 127g/km and
51.4mpg or a 2.0-litre
147bhp turbodiesel with
105g/km and 70.6mpg...
The Black editions wear a different style of front bumper with a rear diffuser
beneath it. Both Red and Black versions will also deliver a sportier driving
experience thanks to a lower sport suspension featuring front and rear springs
stiffened by approximately 10%, tuned shock absorbers for enhanced body control,
and a front anti-roll bar optimised for front-end grip and turn-in performance.
Available only in five-door bodystyles, customers can opt for either a 179bhp
(182PS) 1.5-litre EcoBoost turboed petrol engine delivering 127g/km CO2 and
51.4mpg or a 147bhp 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel with 105g/km and 70.6mpg.
Both models are stick-changers with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Prices are £21,995 for the Red and £22,250 for the Black 1.5 petrol editions
and £22,810 for the Red and £23,335 for the Black 2.0 turbodiesel versions.
Ford's SYNC2 DAB SatNav system with its eight-inch touchscreen adds another
£300 to the prices; rear parking sensors add £225.
Apart from its really good, purposeful sports styling inside and out, the highlight
of these new petrol versions is the latest 1.5-litre EcoBoost, direct injection,
turbocharged petrol engine which develops a strong 179bhp.
This unit puts the Red/Black editions in the Focus five-door hatch line-up above
the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine but below the 246bhp 2.0-litre
EcoBoost turbo petrol unit used for the ST versions. Trumping them all, and
soon to arrive, is the 345bhp 2.3-litre turbo EcoBoost petrol engine for the
fully-fledged RS models.
179bhp powerplant, plus the sports styling, allows the family car owner to retain
the always useful five-door bodyshape but to have more 'grunt' readily available
for those occasions when fast driving can be enjoyed without comprising the
car's practicality. As such it's a really good option for motorists who cannot
justify owning one of the Focus high-performance ST or RS versions
plus, of course, it's much cheaper.
new engine develops a healthy 177lb ft of torque from 1,600rpm, but due to its
high gearing (for reasonable fuel economy and decent CO2 emissions) it's best
kept above 2,000rpm if you want the sharpest acceleration response. Making the
UK's legal 70mph cruising speed easy work is a naughty-but-nice 138mph top speed.
Getting off the line to 62mph takes 8.2 seconds.
to its economy-
biased high gearing the
new engine is best
kept above 2,000rpm if
you want the sharpest
Making the UKs legal
70mph cruising speed
easy work is
138mph top speed...
long as the driver is happy to fully use the six-speed gearbox to keep the engine
in its optimum powerband, it's a joy to drive. The downside is the real-life
fuel economy: officially this unit should return 51.4mpg in the Combined Cycle
but during my week-long test driving covering motorways, country A/B roads and
a few short trips into my local town the figure maxed-out at just 37.4mpg. That
said, a 200-mile motorway/dual carriageway cruise did see the figure rise to
40.3mpg but local driving reduced that considerably.
In its defence my very new test car had only covered 600 miles when it was delivered
to me and more miles on the clock should see it loosen up and the fuel economy
improve. With emissions of 127g/km owners will not pay any road tax in their
first year with the car but from the second year it will be £110. A ray of good
news: insurance is rated at Group 19E; well below the 34+ rating for ST versions.
The Focus has always been the best in its class for agility and sharp handling
whilst retaining a comfortable ride. And even with the lowered sports suspension
and larger 17-inch wheels the Red Edition's ride remains compliant and only
a little firmer than the standard ride quality.
The exterior of the Red version attracted more comments about a new car than
I have received for a long time and the interior is just as striking
thanks to the sports front seats complete with red stitching that's carried
over to the handbrake gaiter and leather-bound steering wheel. Alloy sports
pedals and door sill guards add to the sporty theme.
major improvement is the optional eight-inch SatNav screen which really enhances
the look of the standard Focus fascia panel and gives a real 'lift' to the perceived
quality of the car.
'kit list' also includes a better centre console with a sliding armrest, keyless
start button (albeit hidden from view by the steering column stalks), a Quickclear
heated windscreen, AirCon, privacy glass, power windows and door mirrors, DAB
audio, and Emergency Assistance connect function.
Focus has always
been the best in its class
for agility and sharp
handling whilst retaining
a comfortable ride.
Even with the lowered
sports suspension and
larger 17-inch wheels
the Red Editions ride
Externally there are LED daytime running lights, halogen headlights, front fogs,
LED rear lights and, unseen, Hill Start Assist as well as traction and handling
The 179bhp Focus Red Edition is as good as it looks; a first rate family car
with quite a bit of extra performance to brighten those dull motoring days.
Even so the real-life fuel consumption was well below the official figure and
the engine lacks response below 2,000rpm and needs to be 'worked' to get the
best sports performance.
Accept the foregoing and the Red Edition offers keen drivers a willing new engine
and agile handling without sacrificing its proven family hatchback virtues including
that compliant ride.
Ford Focus Zetec S Red Edition 1.5T EcoBoost 5-door
Maximum speed: 138mph | 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds | Test Average: 37.4mpg
Power: 179bhp | Torque: 177lb ft | CO2: 127g/km