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Our Verdict

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

17 November 2011

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18 November 2011

I have to agree, the body kit on this is not very good.

The rest of the package looks very attractive and certainly seems to strike the right compromise. For me this now has to be the sweet spot in the Focus range.

Considering we are due to get an estate version of the new ST, are we getting an estate version of this model?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

18 November 2011

The standard Focus looks very 'off the pace' in comparison with this, if it drives better, rides as well, and uses no more fuel. It doesnt seem there is anything to be done about the poor effort of exterior and interior style, but if you can live with it and want a Focus this sounds like a decent compromise within the range.

I am still not convinced by these small capacity turbos, but there is very little alternative these days, and at least they give the tax man a hard time with their 'official' but optomistic CO2 figures.

18 November 2011

I remember driving a Fiesta Zetec S a few years ago. It was the 1.6 petrol, but the suspension, bodykit and alloys made it look and feel like a hot hatch. It looked very good in black too.

This Focus Zetec-S appears to be a very capable car, striking a great balance between power and economy for a petrol engine. Does anyone know if this 180bhp 1.6 engine will be available in the Focus estate? I know that the Focus estate will be available as an ST, so it would be foolish not to, leaving such a large gap in the market.

20 November 2011

Is there any chance that the suspension tewaks will be made available without the body kit?

20 November 2011

Can't polish a turd Ford, still looks like a piece of shit. I love the way they have put a ZR shark fin spoiler on it lol.

20 November 2011

[quote steven211]Can't polish a turd Ford[/quote]

Work for Vauxhall or just going for dumb comment of the year award?

I like the chunky look of the Zetec S would be my choice if I couldn't afford the ST or RS. The Focus has matured but still looks good compared to the opposition, I mean a Golf... yawn!

20 November 2011

[quote jerry99]

Is there any chance that the suspension tewaks will be made available without the body kit?

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I think that the whole package is very convincing, and both the bodykit and suspension tweaks compliment one another, like on the Fiesta Zetec S I borrowed for a while.

20 November 2011

I remember when the last Focus came out and it got a pasting for looking disappointing compared to the mk1. But having seen a few of this new model around I'm really struggling to like the looks. It's not ugly, just not attractive. I actually like the mk2 model now so hopefully this new one's a grower.

20 November 2011

[quote Evo_ermine]I remember when the last Focus came out and it got a pasting for looking disappointing compared to the mk1. But having seen a few of this new model around I'm really struggling to like the looks. It's not ugly, just not attractive. I actually like the mk2 model now so hopefully this new one's a grower.[/quote]

I agree. I find the Mk 3 Focus just looks uncohesive and ill-proportioned and while the Mk 2 is blander, it looked better balanced and more sophisticated, particularly when it was facelifted. The Mk 3 just reminds me of the original 1990 Escort which at the time also looked a mess, cheap and unbalanced - especially alongside the Rover 200.

Kinetic styling has not been Ford's finest moment. Bring back New Edge!

20 November 2011

[quote Smurf Yeah]

[quote steven211]Can't polish a turd Ford[/quote]

Work for Vauxhall or just going for dumb comment of the year award?

I like the chunky look of the Zetec S would be my choice if I couldn't afford the ST or RS. The Focus has matured but still looks good compared to the opposition, I mean a Golf... yawn!

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So what, do you work for Ford?

New Focus good looking, don't make me laugh!

That front end just looks cheap and nasty.

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