Car trim reviews

Ford Focus Studio

"Though the engine is slightly tame, the Ford Focus Studio drives as well as any other Focus, and has an excellent spec at what seems like a giveaway price."

The Ford Focus Studio is the cheapest model in the range, but Ford hasn’t scrimped on equipment to make it possible. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows and electronic stability control are all on the kit list, as is a CD stereo with DAB digital radio and USB connectivity, electric mirrors and a filler cap that prevents you putting the wrong fuel in.

The sole engine available with Studio trim is hardly the last word in performance or comfort, but once settled into a motorway cruise, it’s relaxed and quiet. It’s only when you want to overtake or you are forced to slow down and then accelerate again that you notice the lack of power. Ignore the modest performance, though, and the Studio is as enjoyable to drive as any Focus, with steering and handling that puts many rivals to shame.

Good points

The Focus Studio is a lot of car for less than £14,000 – you can pay as much for some superminis. And although you wouldn’t call it luxurious, it’s far more than a basic entry-level model. Alloy wheels and air conditioning are just two of the items normally left out of cars built down to a price, but the Focus Studio has both.Being a Focus, it drives brilliantly, albeit more sedately because of the modest power output – 0-62mph takes nearly 15 seconds, for instance. Fuel economy is the same as with models with the 103bhp and 123bhp 1.6-litre engines at an average 47.9mpg.

Bad points

Any other colour than gloss red is an option, and the only choices available are white, black or silver.The boot is on the small side for a family hatchback and there’s no estate version of the Studio to help you get around that, but that’s hardly surprising as the modest engine couldn’t cope with hauling large loads.Resale values will be relatively poor because of the sheer number of cars that Ford sells, so make sure you get every penny of the discounts that are available.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input

Recommended optional extras

  • N/A

Our choice

A 1.6-litre 83bhp petrol engine is the only engine on offer for the Studio.

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