While last year I was tripping down to Phoenix to test drive the Rolls Royce Wraith (covered on Daily XY), this isn’t the type of car that is all that realistic for the vast majority of drivers. On my last trip over to Vancouver Island I tried something a little more affordable and was pleased to discover that you can get a well-equipped auto-mobile starting at $24,000, the Ford Focus Titanium.
This auto goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, making it quicker than many others in its class. The six-speed dual-clutch makes it no slacker on the highways. The car is nimble, handling curves well with responsive steering.
The Ford Focus Titanium is small enough to shimmy into tight parking spots but the interior seems more spacious once you are in with plenty of legroom for the driver and front seat passenger, although the back passengers have a bit less, so don’t be offering Michael Jordan a ride.
Options include leather seats, a power moon roof, ambient lighting, and Intelligent Access, a feature that allows you to merely have the fob in your pocket, gently touch the inside of the front door handle and you’ve got access. Once in just hit the start button and you’re off.
The MyFord Touch infotainment system is always handy for hands-free calling; voice/touch climate control keeps you comfortable when the temperature shifts and Bluetooth audio allows you to play the tunes on your phone. Most importantly Active Park Assist helps you avoid any damage when you’re parallel parking.
This is a car that could easily zip you around town stylishly, but has the power to hit the road for weekend getaways. Now just to choose the colour.
I recently tested out the new Ford Fiesta 2014. When I saw the line up of cars I wanted one thing, the car colour that was called Green Envy! I once painted my red car green and have missed that auto-mobile ever since giving it. Rather shallow, I know, but there is of course more to the Fiesta than the ten zippy colours of the car. It is the smallest of the cars Ford has to offer that starts at around $14,000 and comes in either a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan.
The base engine is 120-hp, 1.6-liter four cylinder which is fast enough, although I liked the manual transmission over the PowerShift automatic once I compared the two for performance. New for this year is the Fiesta ST with 197 horsepower and 1.6 liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine which is fast and zippy for those needed more power. The steering on all models is stellar.
The basic model can be a bit thin as it only has the manual windows and doesn’t include many or the bells and whistles, although it does have air conditioning. However, this seems to be industry standard as I compare the other brands at this price point. Once you get into adding features you’ll have is an alarm system, rearview camera, LED Lighting, moonroof, racing wheels and the MyFord Touch a system that controls audio, navigation and connectivity through voice commands and a touch screen. The car fully decked out can head upwards of $20,000, but this does get you many excellent added perks.
Parents will love the MyKey® a feature that includes the Belt Minder® warning chime and can limit speed and audio volume up to 45 percent of maximum. Teenagers, however, may not.
Overall a nice ride with some good technology and lots of customization available.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Ford Canada provided the Ford Fiesta for a day and provided flight and accommodation in order to test it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.