Ford’s award-winning Focus ST has been impressing road testers across Europe for months now and this week is no exception with several exemplary reviews published. Journalists have also been heaping praise on B-MAX and predicting a very bright future for new Kuga too...
Stuff Magazine (France) describes Focus ST as “Ford’s weapon of mass seduction”. The mag adds: “Delivering 250PS, it is especially likeable in the station wagon version, which is unique in the segment. Geared towards families, the Focus ST SW puts the accent on practicality and safety. Its 476-liter cargo area expands to 1,516 liters when we fold the rear bench. It’s a veritable house mover....While enjoying the excellent Recaro seats, we admire the engine’s strong performance at low rpm. When we floor the accelerator, the Sound Symposer artificially amplifies the intake sound. It really works, making us feel like we’re inside a racecar. At a calmer pace, the Focus ST SW is flexible and smooth. It’s an extremely versatile car.”
Press and Journal (Scotland) also raves about Focus ST this week: “What we've ended up with here is the very definition of what a hot hatch should he. A guilt-free GTi with near-supercar performance and technology that’s relatively affordable, perfectly practical and everyday usable. It also has a quite brilliant ride and handling balance. Ultimately, so many quick cars can feel, well, rather irrelevant. Here’s one that is anything but. This model packs a four- cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo rather than the old ST model’s five-cylinder 2.5- litre powerplant. But, as ever, size is no guarantee of speed, and this modern EcoBoost unit puts out 24bhp more power and 541b/ft more torque than its predecessor.”
Siol.net (Slovenia) has given B-MAX a big thumbs-up, reporting: “B-Max uses the same chassis as the Fiesta which means the ride is very smooth and comfortable but can still performa with a more dynamic character. The chassis feels safely engineered, with an emphasis on comfort. B-Max contains several innovations that give it an edge over rivals such as the Opel Meriva, Fiat 500L, Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20, Honda Jazz, and Citroën C3 Picasso. These include Ford's voice-driven SYNC in-car connectivity technology, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, low-speed collision avoidance system, and Automatic Emergency Call (eCall), a system giving an automatic message to an emergency call center in case of a crash of the vehicle.”
Meanwhile, Spain’s El Periódico de Catalunya rates B-Max 1.0-litre EcoBoost highly: “Putting the three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost under the B-MAX’s hood was a smart choice. Ford’s engine is one of the best in its class. We tested the 120PS version. In my opinion, it has revolutionized the auto sector. In fact, now many other brands are developing 1.0-liter engines with three cylinders. The B-MAX is exceptionally dynamic for a small car. The EcoBoost pushes forcefully at low rpm and delivers constant torque between 1,400 and 4,000rpm. It has low fuel consumption and emissions thanks to Stop & Start. The B-MAX performs very well on curves. It’s a good choice for anyone who seeks a roomy, distinctive car with lots of possibilities. It has an interesting price (18,350 euros) and could even interest families with three children.”
Al Volante (Italy) has given its verdict on New Kuga: “It maintains its predecessor’s agile performance despite being 8cm longer. It has sleek, sporty lines and a more spacious interior. In the front, it features long, thin headlights and broad air vents. The 2.0-liter, 163PS diesel engine is smooth and quiet, providing the right amount of force at low rpm. The Kuga’s AWD system automatically sends torque to the rear wheels.... The cabin is light and airy, and we are amazed by the high level of material quality. The new Kuga has a well-made dashboard and a complete, legible instrument panel.”