Irish Small/Compact Car of the Year – Ford Focus

6 Aug 2019

The new Ford Focus has been voted Best Small / Compact Car of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

The new Focus features an array of driver technology including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go centring and Active Park Assist 2, as well as smart safety technology including Active Braking and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. The car is available with a range of fuel-efficient engines.

The Ford Focus came out on top of a highly competitive Small / Compact category that also included the Kia Ceed, Mercedes A Class, Volkswagen Polo and Subaru Impreza.

In this video review, Irish Car of the Year committee members Mark Gallivan and Bob Flavin cast an expert eye over the new Focus and explain why it came out on top.

“The fourth generation Focus is a crucially important car for Ford,” says Mark Gallivan. 

“This is a brilliant car to drive, much better than the previous version. The Focus also manages to fend off some extreme competition, including the Volkswagen Golf, and for me, Ford have managed to recapture the essence of the original Focus.”

“The new Ford Focus fights in what is the toughest category to fight in, name the 5-door hatchback,” says Bob Flavin. 

“It has to be all things to all people. It’s a family run-about with room inside for four to five passengers; a big boot and an airy cabin. But it also has to be incredibly stylish and really safe… there’s also a lot of tech in this car. 

“The Focus fights so hard in this category that it ended up winning – head and shoulders above the competition.”