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Ford Focus Australia

Ford's Focus small hatch is one of the world's most popular cars, thanks to strong sales in Europe and the United States.

It's been on sale in Australia since 2002, but hasn't really enjoyed the same run of success against established competitors like the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. The third generation car hit showrooms in 2011, but the brakes were applied hard when its 'Powershift' dual-clutch gearbox was exposed as a dud. The bright light in the current Focus small car range, priced from $30,990 for the Focus Active, is the sporty $47,990 Focus ST-3, which really is one of the performance buys of the decade.

Ford Focus Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Focus here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Will a Ford Focus radiator work on a 2002 Ford Cougar?

    Even if you could get the radiator from a Focus (and you haven’t told me what year Focus) a radiator designed to cool a small four-cylinder engine probably wouldn’t have the capacity to cool a larger, V6 engine as found in a 2002 Ford Cougar. Perhaps it would work at moderate speeds in cool weather, but a freeway drive in high ambient temperatures would very possibly see it fail to cope. You’d also need to ensure that the radiator suited the transmission fitted (a radiator for a manual car can be different to one for an automatic).

    From what I can see, the radiator to suit a 2002 Cougar is, in fact, interchangeable (on some level) with that of a six-cylinder Ford Falcon from 2002 to 2008. Perhaps that would be a better idea, but I’d still be running a tape measure over both cars and taking careful note of where the mounting points are. Or, simply buy the radiator that’s designed to fit the Cougar.

     

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  • The front passenger tyre on my 2006 Ford Focus fell off. Are the axles on the 2002 and 2006 Ford Focus interchangeable?

    Not really sure what the axles have to do with a tyre that has jumped ship, but perhaps you mean the whole front wheel and tyre assembly came adrift. If so, you’re lucky not to have crashed or hurt yourself or somebody else. If this was caused by a broken axle (also called a driveshaft) then perhaps that’s the basis of your question.

    However, the answer is probably no; the driveshafts from a 2002 and 2006 Focus are unlikely to be interchangeable. Even though the engines and gearboxes form each of these two Focus models were similar, the later car was 141mm wider, which almost certainly means it had longer driveshafts than the earlier car. But if a replacement driveshaft is what you need to get back on the road, I wouldn’t have thought finding one from a 2006 Focus (the same as yours) would be such a problem. Parts recyclers are likely to have plenty of these cars in stock, and specialist driveshaft shops can be a great source of spare parts also.

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  • I need a new front driver's door for my 2014 Ford Focus, will a 2012 or 2016 Ford Focus door work?

    Ford used the same body on its Focus from 2011 until the model was replaced in 2018. On that basis, the front door from either of the cars you’ve listed should fit your car perfectly. You don’t even need to worry about finding a door from a sedan or hatch as opposed to a two-door Focus, as Ford didn’t offer that model in Australia in a two or three-door (which would have had longer doors). Even the sportiest Focus, the ST, was a five-door hatchback. Ford did give the Focus a mild facelift in 2015, but the styling changes were restricted to the front and rear, with the doors not altering at all.

    Finding a second-hand door shouldn’t present too many problems the Focus sold in reasonable numbers and many ended up in recycling yards. You might even strike it really lucky and find the door in the same colour as your car which might negate the need to have it painted.

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  • Will headlights from a 2005 Ford Focus interchange with a 2000 Ford Focus?

    There’s a distinct line in the sand here. If the 2005 Ford Focus you’re referring to was a late Mark 1 Focus, then yes, the headlights should interchange with an earlier Focus as both cars were more or less the same. At the time, Ford was making use of what was called its `Edge’ styling philosophy which was all hard lines and sharp angles.

    However, for the Mark 2 Focus which came along in May 2005, Ford had softened the styling considerably, and the headlights of an early Focus will definitely not fit the Mark 2 model as they are a totally different shape.

    What puzzles me most is where you managed to obtain a 2000 Focus as the car was not introduced into Australia by Ford until late 2002. The car did exist prior to that, but not in this country. Perhaps you’re buying headlights online from an overseas seller. If that’s the case, make sure they’re for a right-hand-drive Focus as they’ll physically point the wrong way if they’re for a left-hand-drive car. They’ll also be technically unroadworthy if that’s the case.

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Ford Focus Colours

The Focus Active is available in 10 colours - Agate Black, Blue Metallic, Blue Panther, Desert Island Blue, Magnetic, Fantastic Red, Moondust Silver and Metropolis White, all for $650. The two remaining colours - Race Red and Frozen White - are the only two freebies.

  • Blue Metallic
  • Desert Island Blue
  • Magnetic
  • Frozen White
  • Moondust-Silver
  • Fantastic Red
  • Race Red
  • Metroplis White
  • Agate Black
  • Blue Panther
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ford Focus Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Focus varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $30,990 and going to $47,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $30,990 $47,990
2021 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $21,000 $47,190
2021 Wagon 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $23,700 $32,120
2020 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $16,800 $44,220
2020 Wagon 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $22,600 $30,690
2019 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $14,500 $44,550
2019 Sedan 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,100 $28,490
2019 Wagon 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $19,400 $30,030
2018 Sedan 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,500 $26,840
2018 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,500 $49,720
2018 Wagon 1.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $18,200 $25,410
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Ford Focus Accessories

Coming standard from the entry grade Trend upwards of the Ford Focus range is an eight-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio (DAB+), sat nav, a leather wrapped steering wheel, single-zone climate control, raisin sensing wipers, cloth seats, paddle shifters, a six-speaker stereo and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The ST-Line adds 17-inch alloys and the ST-Line body kit which includes the black mesh grille, large rear spoiler, privacy glass and flat-bottomed steering wheel. Wireless charging, dual-zone climate control, a proximity key also comes in as standard from the ST-Line grade upwards.

The ST-Line wagon comes standard with roof rails and so does the Active which also has 17-inch alloy wheels but unique to this grade

The Titanium grades adds a B&O 10-speaker stereo, LED headlights, leather seats (heated up front) and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Ford Focus Wheel Size

The Ford Focus has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x50 R18 for Hatchback in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Hatchback 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
2021 Wagon 215x50 R17 215x50 R17
2021 Hatchback 215x50 R18 215x50 R18
2020 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Wagon 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2019 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x7 inches 205x60 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x7 inches 205x60 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Wagon 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x60 R16 16x7 inches 205x60 R16 16x7 inches
2018 Sedan 205x60 R16 16x7 inches 205x60 R16 16x7 inches
2018 Wagon 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Focus Wheel Sizes

Ford Focus Boot Space

The boot starts at a fairly average 375 litres - clearly reduced in exchange for rear-seat space - and maxes out at 1320 litres with the seats down.

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Ford Focus Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Focus Hatchback, Wagon and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Hatchback 1483x1844x4397 mm 163 mm
2021 Hatchback 1483x1844x4397 mm 163 mm
2021 Wagon 1472x1825x4668 mm 123 mm
2020 Hatchback 1454x1825x4378 mm 135 mm
2020 Wagon 1472x1825x4668 mm 123 mm
2019 Hatchback 1467x1823x4360 mm 109 mm
2019 Sedan 1492x1823x4538 mm 109 mm
2019 Wagon 1472x1825x4668 mm 123 mm
2018 Hatchback 1467x1823x4360 mm 109 mm
2018 Sedan 1492x1823x4538 mm 109 mm
2018 Wagon 1472x1825x4668 mm 123 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Focus Dimensions

Ford Focus Fuel Consumption

The Ford Focus is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.4L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 Hatchback 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.3L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2021 Hatchback 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.3L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2021 Wagon 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 6.9L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 8.8L/100km 2.3L PULP 7 SP AUTOMATED MAN
2020 Wagon 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 6.2L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 6.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Focus Pricing and Specs for 2022

Ford Focus Interior

The Focus Active's cloth-covered interior is well-equipped with climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen

Ford Focus Towing Capacity

The Ford Focus has maximum towing capacity of 1400kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 Hatchback 1200kg 1400kg
2021 Hatchback 0kg 1400kg
2021 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2020 Hatchback 0kg 1400kg
2020 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 1400kg
2019 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2019 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 1200kg
2018 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2018 Wagon 1200kg 1200kg
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Ford Focus Speed

The 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder pushes the Focus Active from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds.

Ford Focus Seats

The Focus Active has five seats, with an unusual amount of room for a car this size.

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