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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?
The fact the Focus no longer has its ultimate sparkle is going to matter little to its potential estate customers. What they will be looking for is practicality, running costs and looks - all of which it seems to be on par with its main competitors.
From my point of view though, the new Astra Estate thumps the Focus in the looks department. With the handling sparkle lost, I would find it hard to choose the Focus over an Astra.
It's all about the twisties........
Dogs dinner at the front, and mondeo put in the tumble drier at the rear. I really bloody hate the new focus, which is a shame as soon there will be millions of the things on the roads.
Agreed, the astra is a far superior (looking at least) car inside and out
[quote rodenal] Agreed, the astra is a far superior (looking at least) car inside and out[/quote]
I would hardly call the Astra a great looking car either, I find it all a little bland, although I prefer it over the Focus. Interior looks nicer, if fussier.
10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated
[quote superstevie]In styling terms, I cannot think of one decent looking family hatch. [/quote]
I can, Alfa Giulietta
I saw a couple of new Focus' the other day, I thought they were made by Kia! Bland looking,
Teg is right most customers for the Focus don't care about the handling, its more about comfort, but probably they probably do care about the looks.
The new Focus means that in my opinion, the Fiesta is the best car Ford make.
I like the Guiletta, but it can look awkward from some angles, especially the front. the rear looks great.
superstevie wrote the following post at Jun 21, 2011 3:48 PM:
[quote FastRenaultFan]As for hatchbacks I think in the right colour the Megane hatch is a fine looking car so is a Fiat Bravo and a Seat Leon . The Mazda 3 I think is quite nice looking actually and should age well [/quote]
I forgot about the Bravo, but it is a car I like the look of. Leon has never looked right from day one and 3 is awkward looking.
[quote FastRenaultFan]In styling terms, I cannot think of one decent looking family hatch. Golf, Megane, 308, i30, cee'd, A3, C4, 1-series, focus, astra, 3, Leon etc are all dull or not good looking.
Only interesting one is the Civic, and that's starting to date now. [/quote]
Agreed they all a pretty bland bunch in this class these days. I suppose interesting is one way to describe the Civic, I'd go for wacky, but agree it is dating very badly. As was mentioned earlier the Alfa is about the only decent looking car in class, but as a modern day Alfa it's a risky buy. The blog however is about the Focus estate, sounds pretty competant if uninspiring so I guess it will sell well enough, not sure I could live with the hideous dashboard design though.
[quote TegTypeR]The fact the Focus no longer has its ultimate sparkle is going to matter little to its potential estate customers[/quote]
Not sure you are up with the times, Estates are all about style these days (hence ultimate carrying capacity is not such a big prob). I personally find the Focus a much more interesting vehicle overall than the Astra, I think it would keep me satisifed for a longer period of ownership on all levels. I get very bored with cars very quickly if they dont challenge me in some way or other.
I think Ford turn out a pretty good range of cars these days, the grand C-max has a very good stance, long wheelbase and understated looks.
[quote jonfortwo] I personally find the Focus a much more interesting vehicle overall than the Astra, I think it would keep me satisifed for a longer period of ownership on all levels.[/quote]
The new Astra Estate looks good, but I too would take the Focus. The Astra's engines are not great, the diesels aren't as clean as in the Focus and I think the interior of the Focus looks easier to use. Plus the Focus has better equipment levels, particularly higher up the model list.
I should confess to looking for the positives in the Focus because it could be my new company car in a years time. I'm disappointed in the reports on the handling, but given the state of our roads, better ride and refinement would be a fair exchange. I would take this estate though over the hatch for both its' looks (much better than the hatch) and extra practicality; I've read the boot on the new Focus hatch is smaller than the old one which is only just big enough for me. Seems like a backward step.