New Ford Focus Personal Contract Hire
Funding the Ford Focus 1.0T EcoBoost 100PS is easier than falling-off a log. Why? Because there are three ways to pay. The first is Ford's Personal Contract Hire Plan which requires one Advance Rental Payment of £3,969, followed by thirty-five monthly instalments of £189. This totals £10,584. However, it is not the route to ownership. At the end of the term the car must be returned to its manufacturer – preferably without any logs cluttering the fairly spacious 316-litre boot. It therefore has to be farewell to the refined petrol engine that propels log lovers to 62mph in 12.5 seconds, and averages 58.9mpg. These figures are more than respectable. The contract also imposes a 9,000 mile annual limit with excesses charged at 6.98 pence per-mile. Funding option two, of course, is cold hard cash. The list price is £17,545 but allowing the salesman to share your log should secure a discount. Very few buyers pay list prices, after all. But whatever the final cost the Focus has rock-solid handling, beautifully weighted steering, a comfortable ride, and smooth five-speed manual transmission. Impressive qualities considering it is a small family car. It also has plenty of toys. Highlights include the: heated windscreen, air-con, electric mirrors, alloy wheels, CD/MP3 player, and Bluetooth.