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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?
Looks bland. So-so handling. An average car.
[quote Engelbert]Looks bland. So-so handling. An average car.
Certainly seems to have lost a lot of its former appeal.
Functional product built for the masses. I still can't get my head round how much cars around this level have grown in price and I don't just mean the focus. £20K for middle of the road family car. I can't imagine spending £20K on something I didn't love.
Have seen a few of these on the road now. It's just not as head turning or the step forward I was expecting it to be. The initial renderings from 2yrs/18mths ago in the motoring press showed something bright and exciting but it has been cost-reduced into another consumer product. The Astra looks interesting next to the Focus for the first time in a long time!
Audi A3 2.0TDi S-Line / Subaru Legacy Tourer
I think it's a shame you can't get this engine in a lower trim level say, for instance, at least in Zetec trim. I also think that the previous generation Astra looked interesting next to the MKII focus
20 grand for a 1.6 litre Focus? Even with a 20% discount I wouldn't go near it.
[quote 2xtrouble]The Astra looks interesting next to the Focus for the first time in a long time![/quote]
Agreed. I've only seen a couple of the new Focus around (one in black and one in white, neither of which does it any favours), but it is not as striking as the photos suggest it might be, whereas the Astra is immediately "street visible". I think the Ford attitude of "you can only have the eco-friendly equipment if you buy the most expensive models" is just a cynical way of getting customers to spend more money, and as others have said £20,000+ for a 1.6 Focus is ludicrous, but then the cost of cars in general has got silly, it can't really be that the cost of producing and selling cars has risen by nearly 30% in just four or five years.
Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance
LP in Brighton
If this Focus does indeed produce its torque peak between 1900 and 4000 rpm (as the specification says), then I really can't see the need for a 6-speed gearbox.
This is a car aimed at Mr Average - and from my experience, the average driver neither has the skill to change gear properly or choose the most appropriate ratio for the situation. And with six gears to choose from, there's only a one-in-six chance of being in the right gear at the right time...
I suspect the six gears was specified by the marketing department with the ratios carefully selected to "cheat" the EU fuel consumption test!
it's just SO god damned boring to look at :|
I was talking to a Ford salesman just after this Focus was launched and asked him if it was selling. He said it was, but not as fast as it should be. The reason? He said it was too expensive....