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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?
The rear end of this car is truly ghastly
how have ford got the styling so wrong? Im sure it drives wonderfully but it would definately go in the garage at night.... i wouldnt want the neighbours to see it!
being a lifelong Ford fan im really peeved off about this car
I was in the car today, and saw a couple of fiesta's and a couple of estate Mondeo's. Is it me, or does this car look exactly the same as the other 2 models? I mean, photocopy, decrease / increase to suit needs.
People moan about Audi doing this.. I know I'd much rather be driving my A3 over this..
[quote Brannen] I know I'd much rather be driving my A3 over this.[/quote]
No matter what are the first impressions for this car or whatever readers think this car is going to to win every comparison test it participates for the next 5 years or until the golf mk7 breaks cover.
There are only 2 cars worth buying in this segment. The 170 bhp petrol, multiair Giulietta.
Or if you are sensible the risk free mazda 3 1.6 diesel.
They both drive great, look good (Mazda) of fabulous (alfa) and have the right engine.
[quote andrepaul999]Im sure it drives wonderfully[/quote]
Well, according to the reviews, it doesn't...
The new Focus is damned with faint praise I guess.
@PHILBY: I reckon that the right engine for the Mazda is the 2 litre petrol. But I also find that the Leon 1.8 Tsi drives fabulously.
as hideous as it looks, it will probably still be the top selling car of its sector! shame should really go to something else. and the press will give it the usual praise! wouldnt be surprised if Ford pay them to say good stuff.
The slightly better turn in on this model suggets that the rear roll stiffness has been reduced for the whole range and could probably be counter acted by offering a stiffer anti -roll bar to those who would like to specify it. This would have quite a marginal effect on ride comfort.
Many years ago the S option on many Ford models consisted of fitting a rear anti roll bar (and a few cosmetic changes) on models that did not have one as standard. Perhaps Ford should consider offering a stiffer rear anti roll bar as an option on this Focus for those who prefer sharper handling.
Comparing the weight over the front wheels of the 1.6 petrol with the 2.0 Diesel is all very well , but it's the 1.6 Diesel that most buyers would be interested in, and Autocar seem to be ignoring it.
Upgrading the front end to electric Focus spec will help in the looks department , but I don't know what can be done with that rear end.
Having owned a Ford my entire motoring life I think I would still consider this one. I think the front looks fine but agree that the back looks rather fussy! Somehow I think this will look worse on the ST model, which would be the one I would be waiting on.
But I would be willing to set aside the looks of the rear because the interior is so much better than the MK2
[quote Uncle Mellow]but it's the 1.6 Diesel that most buyers would be interested in, and Autocar seem to be ignoring it.[/quote]
It is -probably- rather the situation with the production run-up, some derivatives may come later.
[quote Uncle Mellow]but I don't know what can be done with that rear end.[/quote]
I think that is the weakest point of the car. Cabin size and suspension tuning matter much less than color selection and design...