Ford Focus CC Convertible (2006 - 2011) review
Read the Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet convertible (2006 - 2011) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.
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As with any Coupe-Cabriolet (CC), the Ford Focus looks rather better with the roof down than with it up, at least from the rear three-quarters. Any four-seater CC needs a sizeable roof to cover all four seats, and when this is up on most cars it tends to look rather bulky from the rear. The Focus is better than some, but it’s not as polished as the Volkswagen Eos for example. Roof down the Focus CC looks superb and with the range of strong colours available, it tends to look more expensive than it is.
With its dashboard borrowed from the hatch, the Focus CC has a clear and logically laid out design. It reminds you of the cabin of the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet in that it doesn’t look or feel particularly special but it is easy to use and well stocked with gadgets. It’s also easy to get comfortable behind the wheel thanks to a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and height while both front seats are height-adjustable too. Buy a car with CC-3 trim and the driver’s seat height adjustment is electric.
The Focus CC is more practical than most CCs as it can stow 248 litres with the roof down and 534 litres with it up, which puts it ahead of rivals such as the Peugeot 308CC (266 and 465 litres) as well as the Volkswagen Eos (205 and 380 litres). Even better, the cabin isn’t short of space as there’s ample room for four adults to travel, roof up or down.
Ride and handling
The Focus is renowned for its superb handling, and the transition to CC it hasn’t taken anything away dynamically, as Ford has managed to retain the car’s stiffness. As a result, this is one of the best cars of its type to drive, helped by sharp steering that offers just the right amount of feedback while being perfectly weighted. Even better, the ride never gets crashy or uncomfortable, so Ford’s engineers have done a cracking job. For a car with its roots in something as ordinary as a Focus hatch, the Focus CC is surprisingly good to drive – don’t underestimate it.
There’s a choice of 1.6-litre or 2-litre petrol engines along with a 2-litre diesel. The 99bhp 1.6-litre engine is best avoided unless you’re on a serious budget or you get a particularly good deal on one. Even the 143bhp 2-litre petrol engine isn’t that punchy – it provides a 128mph top speed and 0-62mph in 10 seconds, compared with the smaller unit’s 113mph and 13.5 seconds. That leaves the 2-litre TDCi diesel, which is easily the pick of the bunch. Smooth, refined, punchy and frugal too, this engine gives a top speed of 127mph and 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds.
The highest running cost with any Ford is invariably felt when you come to sell it on. They typically lose two-thirds of their value in the first three years. Get a good deal on one and that’ll soften the blow, but the cost of road tax and fuel will still pale into insignificance. The 2-litre petrol Focus CC is offered with an automatic gearbox, and it’s this which is the thirstiest model with its 34mpg and 199g/km of CO2, the manual one notches up 179g/km and 37.7mpg. The 1.6 petrol isn’t much better at 169g/km and 39.8mpg, making the 2-litre TDCi the best of the lot with its 156g/km and 47.9mpg.
Ford has a much better reputation for building dependable cars than some of its rivals. So far the only problems that have surfaced regularly with the Focus CC have centred on the roof seals, which aren’t always 100 per cent effective. Other than that, ownership should be pretty painless.
Although Ford put the second-generation Focus hatchback through EuroNCAP crash tests, it hasn’t done the same thing with the CC version. However, the open car is renowned for its rigidity and the hatchback achieved a five-star score, so it’s highly likely that if the worst should happen, you’d be well protected. Included on all models are front and side airbags for those in the front seats, Isofix mountings, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability programme.
There are three trim levels offered, CC-1, CC-2 and CC-3. The 1.6 petrol comes in CC-1 form only while the 2-litre models are offered solely in CC-2 and CC-3 guises. CC-1 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, CD/tuner, remote audio control, air-con, electric windows front and rear plus a trip computer. CC-2 brings 17-inch alloys, heated washer jets and windscreen plus a better stereo. CC-3 adds part-leather trim, heated front seats, a better stereo again, cruise control and various posher bits of interior and exterior trim.
It looks great, is excellent to drive and the Focus Coupe-Cabriolet is well-built too. Throw in relatively good practicality, plus decent reliability, and it has a winning formula.