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Ford Focus overall verdict
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The Ford Focus is one of the most complete cars on the road today. Well designed, well engineered, well built, well priced. It drives superbly, does what you need it to, and won’t break the bank.
The Focus has a truly remarkable ride. It's supple but not soft, allowing for all the crap Australian roads can throw at it while remaining totally composed at any speed. It's also refined and capacious inside. Spot on really.
The wild XR5 aside (because that warrants its own page), the Focus is a solid performer, with plenty of power over economy equations to get lost pondering.
The Focus is too common to ever be cool, but for that same reason it's not going to mark you out as a tosser either. If you're buying a Focus ‘cool' isn't even on your radar is it?
A slightly incongruous mix of really posh materials and pretty damn cheap ones, the Focus is nonetheless very well made. This second generation car has plenty of Germanic feel in the touch points and will surely last.
Few mid-sized hatches come close to the Focus in terms of its lithe, responsive chassis and quick, informative steering. This is a car in which you can potter to the shops or make brisk cross-country progress.
The Focus is right up there. It's one of the widest cars in its class, meaning there's masses of shoulder room for rear passengers and a general sense of space throughout the cabin. At 385 litres the boot is massive.
The Focus also has real value for money in its impressive arsenal of selling points. It comfortably undercuts competition from the likes of VW, Toyota and Holden...
More Ford Focus cars we've driven...
- Ford Focus Titanium 2.0 TDCi wagon
- April 2005