This post was originally supposed to be up on my blog last week but my schedule has been so crazy I just haven’t had the chance to upload it! ALSO, this post is going to be a little different from my average beauty post becauseeeeeeeee *drum roll please* I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Ford Canada and test out their brand new 2017 Ford Focus TI (Titanium) for a week! How exciting right!! Now, as you all know I work in the marketing/commercial real estate industry full-time, I am also a 4th year university student and a blogger so you can only imagine what my schedule is like. Also that requires me to get from point A to B efficiently and lets face it, as a young millennial I would prefer to save money than spend it on unnecessary things. For the record, I have never owned a Ford or a North American vehicle brand for that matter. My first car was a Honda Civic, go-figure, now I drive a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Highline Edition and sometimes I switch with my brother and drive his BMW 328i – so the Ford Focus did have some work do to persuade my likingness for North American auto makers 🙂 Also before I get into all the details and specs, I want to mention that the week I had this vehicle was the worst weather Vancouver could have seriously!! It was raining non-stop for over 10 days, and I’m talking about monsoon type of rain, every single day so unfortunately, my photos are not the most flattering but you get the gist 😉 Now let’s get into why I was beyond OBSESSED with this car.
Model & Specs:
The really cool thing about me testing out the Ford Focus Titanium is that it is considered to be a mini-luxury sedan which actually competes directly against the equally luxurious Volkswagen Jetta Highline ($28,000 starting price) which is what I drive. It was really great and fun to compare the two and see which one gives you more bang for your buck. So below I’ve added some basic specs about the Ford model I tested out.
Model: Ford Focus Titanium
Type: Mini-Luxury Sedan
Colour: Dark Blue
Price: $26,000 (starting at)
Fuel: 9.0 L/100 kilometres in the city and 6.2 L/100 on the highway
Power & Handling:
For what I used this vehicle for, the power and handling is pretty great! I actually found the steering and handling to be more on the sturdier side just like the BMW 328i I drive which almost makes the car seem “heavier” if that makes sense. I feel more at control behind the wheel and it doesn’t feel light as compared to my Jetta Highline. The Focus Titanium has a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift and also a 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel Capacity. This gives you about 160 horsepower @ 6,500 (159 @ 6,500 – PZEV) and a torque of 146 @ 4,500 rpm. For a mini-lux sedan I would say it is a pretty sufficient amount of power. The fuel economy for the Focus Titanium is about 9.0 L/100 kilometres in the city and 6.2 L/100 on the highway. I drove this car daily on my commute to work and to school in Richmond and into Vancouver. It only used up about half the tank of gas in 7 days which I think is pretty amazing! As for handling, it includes the MacPherson strut independent front suspension, Four-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Brake System, Electric-Assist Parking Brake, Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), Control Blade independent rear suspension with stabilizer bar, Torque Vectoring Control and Active Grille Shutters.
The seating in the Ford Focus Titanium is so very very comfortable and soft. The seats were all leather. The front seats are equipped with an 8-way power driver (up/down, fore/aft, tilt/recline and power lumbar). They also have a “heat-seat” option which was very useful during that extremely cold and rainy week.
This car was basically like flying a spaceship. It had every high-tech feature you could think of. I think it may even come with your own butler service – jk 🙂 My absolute favourite was the SiriusXM Satellite radio. I was like a karaoke club on wheels haha. The sound system was amazing – a Sony Audio System with 10 speakers (even one in the trunk!). It also has SYNC 3 – which is an Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 8″ LCD Capacitive Touchscreen in Center Stack with Swipe Capability. It also comes with two Smart Charging USB Ports so that I could charge my phone and my iPad at the same time! Another really cool feature was the Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link so that you can be save, hands-free, and avoid Vancouver congestion 🙂 Also, if you’re not into regular or satellite radio you can connect your phone via the bluetooth and talk to your friends on the phone (hands-free) or listen to your own Apple Music.
For a smaller sized sedan, this vehicle came with tons of storage. It has a full-floor center console with storage and cup holders, front door storage bins, floor console armrest and storage, map pockets behind driver and front-passenger seats, and the rear armrest with storage. Safe to say that I could store my entire blogging office and still have space for my other stuff!
The lighting inside this vehicle was beautiful! There was dome lamps in the front, rear and cargo compartments. Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors to fix your makeup, illuminated entry which I loved at night-time. Overall very ambient lighting and even has a map light incase you’re into using old school maps or need to read from a paper.
I really enjoyed the Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) because I am always cold so I like to keep my temperature controls on hot whereas my passengers might not like that so they can keep theirs on cool. Best of both worlds really!
Just like the high-tech features, the Ford Focus Titanium has a lot of amazing power-tech features as well. It has your standard power door locks with a keyless entry, intelligent access with a push-button start engine as well as a remote start system. The leather steering wheel can tilt and “telescope” into a 4-way adjust. I also love that the steering wheel is heated and has easy-accessible audio controls so you do not have to take your hands off the wheel. The windows are all powered and it has a power moonroof. I did not try the cruise control option because I didn’t necessarily need it but it does include the option. It also has an active parking assistant which was actually REALLY cool!! Basically the car will find a parallel parking spot for you and park the car for you!! I tried this every chance I could and it was so amazing! Really comes in handy when you’re driving in extremely high traffic areas like downtown Vancouver.
The Ford Focus Titanium has some really cool exterior features as well which I had no idea about! One of them which I loved was the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad. It is basically just a set of numbers and you type in the password which lets you into the car. I haven’t tried this myself because I was worried I would do something wrong and get permanently locked out if that even is an option LOL! The mirrors are powered, heated, and have to be folded manually for tight spaces. The mirrors also have an integrated blind spot indicator which always lights up if your blind spots are not clear. The vehicle also has crisp LED headlights with daytime running lamps.
Safety was another important factor I really liked about the Ford Focus Titanium because of all the really good safety features it offerers. Of course, it has your standard dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, and driver knee airbag. It also has a Safety Canopy System which is the first and second row side-curtain airbags. It has a Belt-Minder to remind the driver and passenger to wear their seatbelt at all times. If you have children, the vehicle also features child safety rear door locks and a LATCH system which lower anchor and tether anchor for kids. It also has AdvanceTrac with ESC (Electronic Stability Control), a really big and clear rear view camera, and lastly, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which will notify you if your tire pressure is uneven or low. Additionally as mentioned above, it has the remote keyless entry which is a great safety feature if you need to get into your car quickly. It also has a SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System and a perimeter alarm.
Overall, I really enjoyed driving this vehicle and I think it is an amazing vehicle if you are looking for something affordable and durable. It has great fuel economy and amazing high-tech features. For me personally, I found it to be quite spacious with lots of compartments to store my things. In addition to that, the car itself just looks super chic and as I was telling my friends and family, if I didn’t already have a car or was looking to purchase a new one, the Ford Focus Titanium model would definitely be at the top of my list – and it would be in black or a nice white color 😉 I hope you guys enjoyed my review of the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium as much as I had enjoyed driving it! Have any thoughts or comments? Be sure to leave those down below!
*Sponsored vehicle provided by @FordCanada