Ford Focus named the safest family hatchback amongst rivals – find out why

Chronicle Live 3 weeks ago

It’s no unknown fact that the Ford Focus is one of the most popular cars with British drivers, taking the title from the Escort back in 1998.

Ford has definitely made a statement with the fourth generation of the Ford Focus, featuring some of the best technology available and jam packed with the latest safety systems.

It has so many that Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading automotive safety authority highlighted the best-seller as part of its first automated driving assessment event, praising how well the family hatchback tested on its safety systems integrating with its standard driving performance – awarding the Focus with a five-star rating.

The safety authority’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen said: “The Ford Focus delivers a very balanced package of driver assistance technologies, with the capability to make journeys safer, while also ensuring that the driver needs to remain alert and ready to take appropriate action in an emergency."

Ford’s automated driving manager Thomas Lukaszewicz said: “The key challenge is developing systems that keep the driver informed of all situations and allow the driver to feel completely in control. The all-new Focus features a ‘co-pilot’ that has got your back, but never encourages you take your attention away from the task at hand.”

But exactly what features make the Focus the safest family hatchback to buy? Below is a full list of the advanced safety systems currently available on the Ford Focus:

  • Cross traffic alert

  • Post-collision braking

  • Driver alertness

  • Blind spot information system

  • Split view camera

  • Speed sign recognition

  • Lane-centering technology

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop & go

  • Adaptive front lighting system

  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian and cycling detection

  • Evasive steering assist

The latest Ford Focus starts from £17,930, with other bodystyle options including the practical estate version and sportier ST versions for the hatchback and upcoming ST estate.

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