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Still the best family hatchback, but no longer the best value for money

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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?

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18 February 2008

Gosh, another review highlighting how the press car's optional wheels spoil the magic of an otherwise fine everyday car.

The sad truth is of course that supersized alloys look best in print, whereas boring regular wheels are for those of us who actually own the car...

20 February 2008

I'm with you on this Kee Law, but my 159 has the standard 17's on it, although the salesman did say he would try and get me a set of 18's, this has not happened.

Can't have everything.

20 February 2008

I run a one year old Focus (diesel version) and it's a fine car. Kudos to Ford for the effort.

But you know what? I don't think it's the best car in it's class. I did an extended back to back driving of my Focus with a friend's Golf (on more than one occassion), expecting my Focus to have the upper hand, certainly in terms of dynamics (and feeling smugg in the process), but as it turned out I found the Golf's handling was every bit as accomplished with a markedly better ride into the bargain. And despite Ford's obvious improvements in quality of materials and build again the Gold is that bit better.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, becuase I really like my Focus, I think the best in the class is the VW Golf. At least in my experience.

21 February 2008

[quote Overdrive]

But you know what? I don't think it's the best car in it's class. I did an extended back to back driving of my Focus with a friend's Golf (on more than one occassion), expecting my Focus to have the upper hand, certainly in terms of dynamics (and feeling smugg in the process), but as it turned out I found the Golf's handling was every bit as accomplished with a markedly better ride into the bargain. And despite Ford's obvious improvements in quality of materials and build again the Gold is that bit better.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, becuase I really like my Focus, I think the best in the class is the VW Golf. At least in my experience.

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An honest review, but I will have to come down on the side of the Ford. Good as the Golf is in terms of build and finish, it's just oh so dull.

26 February 2008

The standard of pretty much all lower medium hatches - Golf, Focus, Astra, C4, i30 - is just superb nowadays. While this tends to be a very conventional class of car, what the average motorist can get nearly new for £10K at a car supermarket in 2008 is something we might take for granted but which is worth giving thanks for once in a while.

6 December 2009

[quote Overdrive]

I run a one year old Focus (diesel version) and it's a fine car. Kudos to Ford for the effort.

But you know what? I don't think it's the best car in it's class. I did an extended back to back driving of my Focus with a friend's Golf (on more than one occassion), expecting my Focus to have the upper hand, certainly in terms of dynamics (and feeling smugg in the process), but as it turned out I found the Golf's handling was every bit as accomplished with a markedly better ride into the bargain. And despite Ford's obvious improvements in quality of materials and build again the Gold is that bit better.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, becuase I really like my Focus, I think the best in the class is the VW Golf. At least in my experience.

[/quote]

Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I just had a very similar experience running a Focus back to back against a Golf over a variety of roads, from motorways to rough twisty ones. While I do feel the Ford was a bit more involving, I felt the interior was way to cheap, it was far less comfortable over bumps, (despite the VW having larger wheels), and that the seating position and general refinement of the Ford was a good deal short of the Golfs standard. For a quick blast down the road, I'd choose the Ford. To actually own, (surely the measure of the better car), I would choose the Golf with no hesitation. This is before the residuals and reliability are brought into the equation, (I had no cause to experience these factors in either car).

19 May 2010

some of the versions of ford do need a bit of a refinement. was in a f250 diesel some weeks back and thought that it required some minor changes.

7 June 2010

[quote ryaner]

[quote Overdrive]

I run a one year old Focus (diesel version) and it's a fine car. Kudos to Ford for the effort.

But you know what? I don't think it's the best car in it's class. I did an extended back to back driving of my Focus with a friend's Golf (on more than one occassion), expecting my Focus to have the upper hand, certainly in terms of dynamics (and feeling smugg in the process), but as it turned out I found the Golf's handling was every bit as accomplished with a markedly better ride into the bargain. And despite Ford's obvious improvements in quality of materials and build again the Gold is that bit better.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, becuase I really like my Focus, I think the best in the class is the VW Golf. At least in my experience.

[/quote]

Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I just had a very similar experience running a Focus back to back against a Golf over a variety of roads, from motorways to rough twisty ones. While I do feel the Ford was a bit more involving, I felt the interior was way to cheap, it was far less comfortable over bumps, (despite the VW having larger wheels), and that the seating position and general refinement of the Ford was a good deal short of the Golfs standard. For a quick blast down the road, I'd choose the Ford. To actually own, (surely the measure of the better car), I would choose the Golf with no hesitation. This is before the residuals and reliability are brought into the equation, (I had no cause to experience these factors in either car).

[/quote] Yeah, in terms of mecanical refinement the Golf is amazing.

7 June 2010

[quote ryaner]

[quote Overdrive]

I run a one year old Focus (diesel version) and it's a fine car. Kudos to Ford for the effort.

But you know what? I don't think it's the best car in it's class. I did an extended back to back driving of my Focus with a friend's Golf (on more than one occassion), expecting my Focus to have the upper hand, certainly in terms of dynamics (and feeling smugg in the process), but as it turned out I found the Golf's handling was every bit as accomplished with a markedly better ride into the bargain. And despite Ford's obvious improvements in quality of materials and build again the Gold is that bit better.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, becuase I really like my Focus, I think the best in the class is the VW Golf. At least in my experience.

[/quote]

Sorry to drag up an old thread, but I just had a very similar experience running a Focus back to back against a Golf over a variety of roads, from motorways to rough twisty ones. While I do feel the Ford was a bit more involving, I felt the interior was way to cheap, it was far less comfortable over bumps, (despite the VW having larger wheels), and that the seating position and general refinement of the Ford was a good deal short of the Golfs standard. For a quick blast down the road, I'd choose the Ford. To actually own, (surely the measure of the better car), I would choose the Golf with no hesitation. This is before the residuals and reliability are brought into the equation, (I had no cause to experience these factors in either car).

[/quote] Yeah, in terms of mechanical refinement the Golf is amazing.

13 June 2010

i have this car, 09 reg, bloody horrible. so slow, quality is worse than a kia, its made of utter crap, its so unrefined its unbelievable. only good thing is that it looks good! and they could the rear seats be more uncomfortable!!!!! selling it, buying a volvo.

if you have no imagination and buy a focus, always diesel, or st/rs, it needs power, its heavy!

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