New Focus packs plenty of value

New Focus packs plenty of value

The new and improved Ford Focus will be no more expensive than the current version and for some buyers it could even be a little cheaper.

Ford says prices will start at £13,995 when the new Focus range rolls out to its forecourts in November, the same price as the cheapest model available now - but the updated Titanium and Titanium X cars will be £100 cheaper than their predecessors.

The full range starts at £13,995 for the Studio Focus and ends with the £21,795 Titanium X.

The new Zetec, Zetec S and Titanium models will cost from £16,795, £18,295 and £20,045 respectively.

Like the current Focus the latest version boasts automatic parallel parking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Active City Stop collision avoidance and Blind Spot Information System technologies as optional extras.

However, drivers will also get Perpendicular Parking technology to help them reverse into spaces alongside other vehicles, while a Cross Traffic Alert warns of cars passing behind when drivers reverse out again and drivers who parallel park benefit from a Park-Out Assist system.

SYNCH 2 connectivity is available at the touch of an eight-inch, high-res screen while drivers can control the audio, mobile phone, car temperature and split-screen navigation system with their voice.

What's more, the new Focus also features Ford's MyKey technology to cut the car's top speed and audio system volume.

It is perfect for parents of young drivers to place certain restrictions and it can even be used to stop the car from moving if the driver and passengers are not buckled in.

Copyright Press Association 2014