2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 Ford Focus ST

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Safety

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The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Focus ST doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 and Focus ST have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Focus ST’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard City Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Focus ST doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Focus ST doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 T6 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Focus ST doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The V60’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Focus ST only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the V60’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the Focus ST have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

The Volvo V60 weighs 732 to 979 pounds more than the Ford Focus ST. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The V60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Focus ST’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Focus ST’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Focus ST.

Engine

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The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 64 more horsepower (316 vs. 252) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 270) than the Focus ST’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Focus ST (24 city/36 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Focus ST doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Focus ST (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Focus ST (15.9 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Ford Focus ST (3). This means the V60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Focus ST every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The V60 has a standard automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Focus ST doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Focus ST:

 

V60 T5

V60 T6

Focus ST

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

10.6 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Focus ST are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Focus ST’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Focus ST’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 8.8 inches longer than on the Focus ST (113.1 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Focus ST.

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Focus ST’s (37.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Focus ST (94 vs. 90.7).

The V60 has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Focus ST.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Focus ST with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 43.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Focus ST doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60. The Focus ST doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the V60 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Focus ST has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the V60 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Focus ST.

Ergonomics

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The V60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a memory system.

The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Focus ST doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Focus ST’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Focus ST doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Focus ST doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the V60 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Focus ST doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Focus ST’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the V60 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Focus ST’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Focus ST offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the V60 and the Focus ST offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Focus ST.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Focus ST doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The V60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Focus ST.

Both the V60 and the Focus ST offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the V60 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Focus ST doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the V60 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Focus ST doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The V60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Focus ST doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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