What is it?
It’s a slightly garish-looking special edition of the Ford Focus, although you’ll be pleased to know that this Black Edition (also available as a Red Edition, with the colour scheme in reverse to what you see here) isn’t all about the styling.
Underneath is a Zetec S chassis, while the 180bhp version of the turbocharged 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine is unique to this special edition. The only other engine option in the Red/Black Editions is the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, so this bespoke petrol is certainly the more interesting prospect. Think of it as a halfway house between the standard Focus Zetec S and the Focus ST hot hatch.
It’s the styling and extra poke from that engine that you’re paying for here. There’s no extra equipment over the standard Zetec S, which is £1675 cheaper with the 148bhp version of this 1.5 Ecoboost engine, while - perhaps more shockingly - an ST-1 costs almost exactly the same, although it isn’t as well equipped. It is worth considering that the Red Edition, which is identical but for the exterior styling, is £500 cheaper.
So does the Black Edition make sense or is this niche in the range just too narrow?