It generates Class leading 170ps@6500rpm and 202Nm of torque at 4550rpm. Claimed top speed's 207km/h and a Local motoring magazine tested 0-100km/h in respectable 8.3 secs. Combined Fuel consumption equally respectable 6.7l/100km.
Ford SYNC Audio system by Sony (Hardware) and Microsoft (Software) with Bluetooth connectivity and voice Control, with over 10,000 voice commands SYNC will operate your ICE (In-car Entertainment), climate control and even phone - it reads and replies your SMS. It's also a CD/MP3, tuner and Aux in USB and IPod connectivity topped with 9 premium speakers.
It also equipped with essential feature in my book, 60:40 split fold rear seatbacks with rear centre armrest. Space saving spare tyre. Lastly, Active Grille Shutter and ECOMODE.
Warranty wise, 3 years/60,000km free maintenance and 5 years/200,000km warranty. Price: RM115,888 for Standard Hatchback and Sedan.
Rain sensing front wipers/variable intermittant and front parking sensor.
The Both Sedan and Hatchback shared the front half of the car. But the Hatchback's rear was Acquired taste, RADICAL's the word to describe it.
Especially the rear tail-lights combo (Picture below).
In a meantime, I LOVED the SEDAN Clean-cut design 360 degrees (ie. looks good from all angles). It look best in Ingot Silver and Candy Red (picture below).
In fact, my order of preference: WAGON (Europe only), Sedan and lastly Hatchback. Yup, I'm a BIG FANS of Estate/Wagons.
DRIVE TIME and INTERIOR:
I went to Ford Showroom along Federal Highway with my dad. We test driven the Sport+ Hatchback. The suspension which were Independent with McPherson Strut at front and Ford's famous Control blade Independent Rear suspension, were slightly hard (Harder than the Sedan as claimed by the Sales Rep). But this is a good thing as it Corners like rails and soaked up bumps decently. One thing that amazed me was the Sound-proofing. It was EXCELLENT. Can't even hear Motorcycle passing (thank God for the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) which emits a "Short BEEP" to warn me of the motorcycle).
The car's well built too. Dashboard quality's superb and gap's tight. Acceleration's superb, slightly faster than my dad's 2008 Honda Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC 8.3 secs VS 9 secs. It bettered the Previous Gen Civic in Most areas except Interior space and top speed. The rear legroom and boot space's more CRAMP than the Spacious Civic (boot's 320litres for hatchback and 421litres (80 litres down from its predecessor, Focus MK2), sedan vs 458litres on Civic) while the Civic's 20km/h faster than the Focus at top end at 227km/h. But then, you SELDOM get the chance to EXCEED 200km/h on Malaysian roads.
OVERALL: The KING OF C-segment car. Value for money (either specification and body styles). Pawned the 9th generation Civic, Altis, Sylphy. No wonder this is the best selling car in Europe. I dared to say only the Mazda 3 matched this car in drivability and fun to drive factor . Let down only by the Cramp Rear legroom and questionable After Sales Support/Service. RATING: 9.5/10. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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