Diesel power doesn’t always sit well with the convertible car but the Ford Focus CC 2.0 TDCi pulls it off very well. The engine is surprisingly quiet and refined and the with the hardtop roof up it goes almost unnoticed. The addition of 6th gear on the manual transmission also helps to make this an economical long distance runner.
The Focus CC was designed and is assembled for Ford by Italian coachbuilders Pininfarina. This shows in the nice touches which help this car to stand out from the rest of the Focus range. As with most hardtop convertibles derived from a saloon it has a rather swollen and elongated rear but the designers have done a good job of distracting the eye with some impressive styling. None of the engine options are particularly sporting but it’s still a good car to drive, particularly when the roof is up which adds rigidity. The Ford Focus CC is a lot of car for the money. So far only available in Europe despite the pleas of the US market.
The UK list price jumped up in 2009, perhaps to allow dealers to offer impressive looking discounts.