The Ford Focus was introduced in Australia and New Zealand during 2005.
The left-hand-drive European model with side curtains was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page. Australasian models have 2.0 or 2.5 litre engines. This 4 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Focus models withot side curtain airbags.
Side curtains became standard in New Zealand early in 2007. Curtains are standard on the Australian XR5 variant and became optional on all other Australian variants from mid-2007. Side (thorax) airbags for both front seats and an intelligent seat belt reminder for the driver seat became standard on all models from March 2008.
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) are standard equipment. Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard or optional on all Australian variants but is only available on the Zetec variant in New Zealand.
The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. These seat belts also have load limiters. A three-point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two-point (lap) seat belt.
A full list of safety features and technologies can be viewed within the Technical Report (see download link).
Published: 04 June 2008