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Ford Focus Titanium Navigator

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A decade ago you would have needed to splash out on a luxury car such as the Mercedes S-Class to get a machines that is as well equipped as the Ford Focus Titanium Navigator. Its list of standard-fit equipment is a long one, and includes: a Sony sat-nav system (with a TFT screen and digital radio), Ford’s SYNC system for Bluetooth and voice controls, electrically folding and heated wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, auto headlights, auto wipers, a leather-trimmed gear knob, climate control, cruise control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Yet more kit includes Hill Start Assist, as well as front and rear 12v plugs, while outside there’s a glossy-black finish for the grille, and bright LED rear lights. Engine choices include four petrols – the 97bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost (58.9mpg), 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost (56.5mpg), the cheap-to-buy 123bhp 1.6-litre Duratec (44mpg), and the top-spec 148bhp EcoBoost (47mpg). There are two diesels – a 1.6-litre that returns 67mpg and a quicker 2.0-litre that manages 57mpg.

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Good points

The Ford Focus Titanium Navigator has all the good points of any other Focus, which means it is great to drive, cheap to run and maintain (save for the high-performance Ford Focus ST), and also practical enough for family use. What the Titanium adds to this formula is a list of extras that make the car easier to live with every day. The car’s standard voice-activated sat-nav should mean finding anywhere is a doddle, while a long motorway drive will be more relaxing thanks to the car’s cruise control. And, once you arrive at your destination, the car’s parking sensors mean tight spaces should be easy to fit into.

Bad points

There’s not much we don’t like about the Ford Focus, but one complaint is the car’s boot, which is smaller than the one you’ll find in the Volkswagen Golf. And, while the Titanium Navigator’s alloy wheels and LED rear lights make it more eye-catching than other models in the Focus range, it still isn’t particularly attractive to look at. The Focus’ price, also means it costs the same as a basic (but more desirable) model from Audi or BMW.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Electric driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Stop/Start
  • Part leather seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Our choice

The Ford Focus Navigator is best fitted with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, which means the well-equipped Ford also has a decent turn of speed.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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