This article was published on August 5th, 2012
When it comes to the small car category, the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium is at the top of its class. With eye-catching design, incredible fuel economy, and an enjoyable driving experience, the Ford Focus Titanium will keep any tech geek happy, and an affordable price.
The 2012 edition comes in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The Titanium edition is the top range of Ford’s line-up and the Focus doesn’t disappoint.
The exterior has clean lines and a great aerodynamic shape. The 18” aluminum wheels and tinted windows make the car scream sporty. Under the hood is the all-new 2.0 litre, direct injection four-cylinder engine with Ti-VCT, making it the equivalent of a six-speed power-shift (that means it has some get-up-and-go). An exterior sport packaged can also be added on the 2012 model.
Heated leather-trimmed seats and a power moon roof are just the start of the interior features. There’s no more need to mess around with finding the keys in the dark; the push-button start is a fun and faster way to get in and go.
The navigation and technology is what sets the Titanium edition apart from any other small car on the market. The hands-free MyFord Touch system connects the driver with text-to-voice, HD radio, iTunes tagging, voice-activated navitation and Wi-Fi capability. Contrary to belief, the system does not need to download and sync to your smartphone – it connects wirelessly through Bluetooth connection every time you get into the car. Although it’s not perfect, the Sync system usually reconnects back and automatically picks up where you left off. The stereo is by Sony and it’s pretty decent for a small-car – they even throw in a sub-woofer in the back!
Another great driving feature is the active parking assist. Most people aren’t great at parallel parking to start with. Using the parking assist, the system calculates and automatically stears the car automatically. All the driver needs to do is control the accelerator and brake pedals, for a perfect parallel park every time.
Some tips for car buyers, if you like the surfer / wind-blown hair look, drive with the windows down; this car has serious air flow with the windows down driving over 50km/h; alternatively, just turn on the air conditioner to cool down. Also, the drivers seat doesn’t tilt back to give a true feeling of driving a sports car, and there is also no lumbar support.
If you really want to see if you are an eco-friendly driver, navigate to the EcoMode on the dashboard. The more eco-friendly you drive, the more leaves you will earn. Poor driving habits including fast acceleration, heavy braking, and poor anticipation will quickly reduce your score.
It’s a fun, speedy and cute car to drive, especially if you’re into gadgets and want to look cool on a budget.