2008 Ford Focus SES Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Ford Focus - Road Test Specs

2008 Ford Focus Coupe

(2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleSES 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$16,570
Options on test vehicleAudiophile AM/FM Stereo 6-Disc MP3 Capable CD Play, Sirius Satellite Radio, Ambient Interior Lighting, 4-Speed Overdrive Automatic Transmission, Antilock Braking System (ABS) w/Traction Control
As-tested MSRP$19,575


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,999cc (122cu-in)
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)140 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)136 @ 4,250
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.67:1; II = 2.14:1; III = 1.45:1; IV = 1.03:1; V = 0.77:1; R = 3:73:1; Diff. = 3.56:1


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typePower steering
Tire brandPirelli
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP205/50R16 H
Tire size, rearP205/50R16 H
Wheel size16 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontDisc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)9.7
0-75 mph (sec.)14.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.5@80.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)35
60-0 mph (ft.)132
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.8
@ Full throttle (dB)75.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTall, widely spaced gearing hurts acceleration and emphasizes lack of power.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThis stopping distance is clearly tire-related. Even hard, long-wearing tires should stop shorter than 130 feet in a car this small and light.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Lots of body roll despite low-grip, long-wearing tires. Balance is good and Focus, despite its age, has impressive manners. Slalom: Love the steering. Nice weight, speed feedback and sense control despite low limits.

Testing Conditions

Test date1/29/2008
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)46

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 city/35 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,588
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)N/A
Length (in.)175.0
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)58.6
Wheelbase (in.)102.9
Track, front (in.)58.6
Track, rear (in.)58.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.2
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years / 60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsOptional
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear3 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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