Hill Start Assist should be on ALL trims

By Dave B.

The 2012 Focus SE has an option called Hill Start Assist, which prevents roll-back for three seconds when on a hill. This will allow the driver to take his/her foot off the brake without rolling back for long enough to use the accelerator and move forward. SEL and Titanium do not have this feature.
carl 09/04/2013
i must say as a driving instructor i ma not happy with this and am asking ford if it can be turned off.ok its great for me but for learners its no good, how are they meant to learn.hopefully it can be turned off or the car is going back
Don T 07/02/2013
Hi guys-I have a 2012 SE with the much maligned automatic, although it hasn't been much of an issue for me up to this point, closing in on 9000 miles. I don't rely on the hill start assist feature. If I'm going uphill from a standing start, my left foot is on the brake pedal and the right resting lightly on the accelerator (I'm usually at a stop light in most instances). When the light goes green or I feel I can make a right turn safely, I lift my foot off the brake and feed some gas a fraction of a second later, but almost at the same time. I've never had a problem with taking off going uphill doing this in my Focus. I recommend that you practice left foot braking for awhile first to get the feel of it down if you decide to give it a try-I've been doing it for over 20 years. You get a faster braking response than switching between pedals in a car with an automatic--and the way some of these people pull out in front of you, you need every fraction of a second you can get when you have to slow down rapidly or stop.
Chris 07/22/2011
I have a 2012 Ford Focus SEL with the six speed dual clutch automatic with hill assist. I don't know if it's the hill assist feature or the nature of the dual clutch transmission, but this car is terrible for intial responsiveness. I'd go so far as to say it's almost dangerous when trying to get out in front of traffic from a complete stop. It is my understanding that there is no way to turn the system off on North American models. I wish there were.
Brad Krekelberg 07/14/2011
I'm a little confused about this. Since Hill Start Assist is not available on the SEL and Titanium, higher trim levels, one would assume that they have some other feature that makes it so they do not "need" it. Is that the case?
R Thomas 06/11/2011
Dave -- Here's an excerpt from an article on this web site regarding the 2012 Focus automatic dual-clutch transmission. Hope it helps...
"Hill Start Assist: If sensors detect the Fiesta or Focus on a slope of 5 degrees or more, Hill Start Assist automatically prevents the car from rolling backward in the instant when the driver moves his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator. The PowerShift computer controls the brake pressure and engine to hold the car in place."