The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the new Ford Focus – which is due to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019 – through the dreaded Moose Test, with the latest version of the Blue Oval brand’s C-segment hatchback earning a “good” rating.
In the video below, the Focus – in this instance, in 1,0-litre EcoBoost form and employing a torsion-beam rear suspension arrangement – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.
As we’ve pointed out before, though, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, this test from the Spaniards is conducted at higher speeds.
The Focus (here running on 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, in 235/40 size) was put through the test first at the standard 77 km/h, which it completed without any problems. The best successful attempt of the day, meanwhile, was at a pretty lofty 83 km/h.
Watch the clip below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how well the Ford Focus performed (take note that the commentary is in Spanish, but has the option of English subtitles)...
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.