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Car Wars: Toyota Corolla vs. Ford Focus

Author: Sherryn de Vos
Date: 2017-04-05
This week, we look at two of the most popular cars on the road; the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. Who, in your opinion, comes out tops?
So far in this series, we have covered a number of cars, including Audi and Mercedes, as well as the top three SUVs in the world. This week, we are looking at two cars that are considered your normal, day-to-day family car. We put the Toyota Corolla L up against the Ford Focus S Sedan, both 2017 models. Who dominates the family car industry and which one is your favourite?


Engine Peak Power kW Torque NM Transmission 0-100kms/hrseconds Fuel Economy l/100kms Carbon Emission g/km Drive
Toyota Corolla 2017 1.8 litre  4 cylinder 98 174 Six-speed manual 8.4 10.5 159 Front
Ford Focus 2016 2.0-litre 4-cylinder 119 198 Six-speed Manual/ Automatic 9.3 9.2 169 FWD


Toyota Corolla

On its 11th generation, the 2017 model has going through some minor changes just to keep things interesting and fresh for buyers.The instrument panel includes an information screen (3.5 or 4.2 inches, depending on the version). The boot has about 368l of storage. The interior is cloth and made for a soft, comfortable feel. The car now boasts a 7" touchscreen which is a VFD display, allowing for increased viewing angles and clarity.

Ford Focus

The Focus is in its 4th generation with the latest release coming out in 2016. The boot has about 374l of storage. The cloth interior is similar to that of the Corolla and creates a soft, comfortable environment. Standard features include a rearview camera and Ford's SYNC infotainment system, which features a four-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch display, voice recognition, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.


The two cars compare so similarly sized that they are mere millimetres off each other. Weight wise, just a few kilogrammes differ between the two. The Ford Focus comes in at 1,331kg while the Toyota Corolla sits at 1,290kg. Both are described as Sedan Compacts and

Toyota Corolla

The 11th generation has not been tweaked beyond recognition on the exterior. It does, however, have a more aggressive front bumper, new headlights, redesigned taillights and alloy wheels. The lamp clusters are in fact, the biggest alteration to the car visually, as they are simply created to look meaner.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus has not changed excessively over the year. Its exterior is sleek and cheeky, with the ST boasting an optional spoiler. It adds 17" alloys, auto headlights, adaptive bi-Xenons with LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control and power-adjustable and heatable folding side mirrors. The Driver Assistance Pack, optional for the Trend version, adds advanced driver assistance features - Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Aid, Active Park Assist (with perpendicular and parallel parking), Pull-Out Assist, Active City Stop, rear-view camera, plus front and rear parking sensors.

Special Features

Both come with standard backup cameras, MP3 players, voice-activated controls and Bluetooth Hands-Free phone systems. The Corolla has a standard steering wheel controls, as well as an outside temperature gauge, whereas the Ford Focus does not. The Corolla has upgraded its safety features with VSA and HAS additions, improving stability and hill assist. Rear gig lamps are standard across the range, as are seven airbags and ABS brakes. The Ford Focus offers keyless entry and an optional remote engine start. It features a trip computer as well as cruise control. Safety features include tweaks to various aspects including all-disc ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist. There is an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control and Hill Launch Assist. Ford has also introduced its latest second-generation MyKey system which is also fitted as standard for programming selected driving and in-car entertainment features.
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Toyota Corolla- R313 500 Ford Focus - R403 900

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