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      03.04.2011 22:37
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      beaty is better than space

      This car has beautiful control and is not too heavy or light for general day to day driving or long distance i recently drove from Devon to Birmingham in this car and i enjoyed the 3 hour drive it was smooth and the speed of driving on the motorway was very comfortable.

      the internal comfort is also very high on my rate list and controls are perfect to handle,although the back seat is surprisingly very compact for 3 car seats that i needed to use,the boot is of average size but is smaller than expected of this car,the rear window is a little high and view is slightly restricted and the side panels are a little chunky when looking for the blind spot but the car itself is good enough to forget the small problems.

      I do however think that an older style focus has more interior space and boot space but looks less bulky..

      i do not own this it is my sisters car of which i drive regularly when we visit further distance because my car citroen c3 is terrible on a motorway with the high speed and winds but this is beautiful to drive and my sister does not drive on a motorway but if i were to update my car anytime in the future i would most probably look into a focus purely for comfort and the car is silent when driving at high speed..

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        07.03.2011 17:45

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        An excellent car for a young couple/proffesional/family

        Well the Ford Focus, everyone knows someone who has one/has had one or is thinking about getting one.
        So whats it like?
        The focus is given the new kintec design look that applies to all Fords and it just makes it seem that bit more flashing, a dark night, lights on, turn those front fogs on and the car looks a beast come to life to get you, the bold wheel arches and slight changes just make it look bolder. The interior is just splendid, (except for the trim, which is pretty much bog stardard stuff unless you get leather) the new "white light" instrument dials are far detached from the usual green and just make it seem that bit fresher. The seats are perfect, pay the extra for the adjustable lumbar support and your laughing, I've driven thousands of miles in this car and have never had a sore back (recently driving a similar car, my back was rather sore).
        Now onto my most recent experiance in this car and why it has the 5* euroNcap. I had a head on collision in one, and barley felt it. The saftey features all did there job. And I'm here to write this review.

        Also the USP of the original Focus was its livey drive. Well the new Focus is still a while lot of fun to drive.

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        14.01.2011 04:16

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        Not to bad a drive at all.I must say I was highly impressed after driving the ford focusDurable, comfortable and a brilliant car for my family.Corners like it is on rails, and appears to be very safe vehicle to drive.Velox http://www.veloxtelco.com.au

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        26.10.2010 18:05

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        Ford Focus 2009 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5DrLets just say that ford has made a huge improvemnt in there class.We test drove a 09 focus TDCi with the 6 speed gearbox, Well we we very suprised how it perfomed the amount of torqe and power was pretty good for a cheap ford.Comfort - The front seat are quite hard but the rear seats are very relexing.Audio & EntertaimentThe Sony sterio is by far the best standard audio equipment ive used very good quality sound and also has a AUX connection for ipods.Room - Starting with the boot you can tons of shopping, and the leg room is pretty good.If your going to purchase a 2009 / 2010 ford focus choose the titnium 2.0 TDCi i might be abit more but its worth it..

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        01.08.2010 19:46
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        Highly recommended

        An introduction to the Ford Focus probably isn't needed. Since it was first introduced in 1998, it's been as smash a hit for Ford as smash hits can get, rarely out of the top three of the fleet sales charts and shifting more than one million units in the UK alone.

        Lauded for the daring styling of the first incarnation, 2005's mark two was relatively dowdy, although the superb handling and practicality of the original model remained.

        Where the outgoing Focus looked dull, this one has the latest Ford face, as seen on the new Mondeo.

        It makes a huge difference - this is most handsome Focus so far, and it looks as good as it drives.

        Under the surface not a huge amount has changed, with Ford adopting the philosophy that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

        More has changed with the model hierarchy.

        The Ghia trim is no more, and the restructure range now comprises Studio, Style, Zetec and Titanium.

        The Zetec is expected to be the best seller for fleets. It features standard 16-inch alloys, sports suspension and sports seats, the wonderful Quickclear heated front windscreen and a rear spoiler.

        With 207lb-ft of torque the engine pulls well enough but steadfastly refuses to be hustled. It's pretty noisy in the first three gears, but quietens down in fourth and fifth, allowing for a more serene motorway cruise.

        It also requires a sustained pump of the right foot to gather revs.

        The Focus has always handled well, and little has changed. Ford's engineers know when they're on to a winner, so there are no dramatic new features to the driving experience, just refinements to make an already excellent car even better.

        The small criticisms that could be levelled at previous models are being gradually ironed away.

        This latest incarnation is fun to drive, practical, economical and good looking.

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        10.06.2010 22:22

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        Nice car, does what you would expect of a Ford

        I have had my Ford Focus 1.8 for some time now and overall the car has given exactly what I expected of it and Ford. A good quality well made, well engineered, affordable car. The engine is nice and powerful for the size of the car and feels nice and racey. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable and also gives a sporty feel. The interior does look like so many other cars and is somewhat bland but having said that the dials and controls are well laid out and easy to find and use. I have had no major mechanical problems with the car which has now done over 100,000 miles. The cost of running and servicing is always well within budget.

        In summary the Ford Focus is a nice loking car but also practical,sporty, reliable and affordable. I would definitely recommend the Ford Focus 1.8 as a good allrounder

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        30.03.2010 21:28
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        A joy to drive, great family car

        I have always liked the look of the Ford Focus Zetec and when I got the opportunity to test drive the Focus I wasn't disappointed. Having gone from an estate I was surprised by the amount of money we were saving on fuel and by the amount of leg room that this cute motor offered. It has a personality of its own and is a joy to drive.

        The Citreon C3 and the Vauxhall Astra were close contenders but based on handling, first impressions and cost, the Focus pipped them to the post. The inside of the car, the buttons, steering wheel and glove compartment of the Focus is just as pleasant to look at as the exterior, which successfully manages to avoid the tacky plastic look.

        One factor which must never be underestimated is most definitely the heated windscreen - you'll never know how you managed without it before. The downside though if I have to name one would be the lack of cruise control, but the enjoyment from driving this car more than makes up for it.

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          12.01.2010 00:39
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          Fantastic car for the money

          Ever since the Focus was first on sale some 10 or so years ago now, I just wanted one, It looked edgy then and with every subsequent release it has gone a step further. Ford's 'Kinetic Design' philosophy is a refreshing take on modern car design that I believe had become a bit stale. After taking numerous test drives of the Focus and similar makes I bought the bullet and purchased my Mk2 shape Focus in June of 2008. That first drive home was what cemented the quality of this car. Being the Zetec model, the ride is firm but not uncomfortable. A critiscm of the Ghia version has been the 'spongey' feel to the suspension. This is certainly not apparent in the Zetec. The 1.8 TDCI engine is responsive and fuel efficient. I regularly get 40+ MPG doing medium journeys and 50MPG is possible on long distances. It handles extremely well, sometimes like a hot hatch, except there's more room in the back to put your golf clubs or guitar! Ergonomically, the driving position and everything that surrounds you in the 'cockpit' is very well designed. The gear lever has firm movement and it clonks into gear with a satisfying feel. The pedals are also firm but by all means not hard to depress. They are also well spaced for people who have large feet like myself (size13).
          Adjustable power steering is a nice feature, but something I rarely use.
          Paint finish is good, no blemishes and the alloys are to my liking.
          Other things to consider are the serviceing/maintence costs. Tyres for the model reviewed can be obtained for less than £50 each and a Major service just set me back £218, whcih from experience is not bad at all for what is essentially a small family hatchback.
          In short, if you are looking for a reasonable sized car that will comfortably transport you and 4 others with room in the boot for a surprising amount of luggage (two large suitcases easily), feel a bit sporty but not cost the earth because of it and look great then this is the car for you! Also, Fords are known for their reliability which is always a plus in my book.

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          19.11.2009 12:47
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          Very good car and you get alot for your money

          I wasn't really too interested in the Ford Focus until they launched this model. It's such a great car to drive. There are a number of positives about this car- great engine, very comfortable to drive, very easy to drive thanks to the light steering, smooth gear changes and very economical.
          The heated windscreen is also a very good feature, especially knowing that winter is coming up and along with it the ice on the windscreen.
          The thing that really done it for me was the looks of the car. Go for the blue or black and you will have a seriously good looking car on your hands.
          There is only 1 real problem I can see with this car and that is how to open the bonnet. There is no bonnet release button inside the car, instead you have to lift the Ford badge on the front and insert the key. This could cause a problem for people who don't know how to do that. I knew someone that spent a long time trying to work out how to open the bonnet.
          So overall a very good car, would recommend it to anyone looking for a car of this size.

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          30.06.2009 16:32
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          Sensible yet enjoyable choice

          Choose a 'Green' compact car next timer you rent from Hertz in the UK and you'll most likely be handed the keys to one of these cars, the Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi. Often overlooked by renters, you can drive a more economical equivalent of a class C compact hatchback for the same, and sometimes less, than the regular daily rate of a class C vehicle.

          Hertz chose the Focus Duratorq diesel for it's low CO2 emissions (approx 137g/km) and good fuel consumption (54.2 mpg on a combined cycle). For a car of its size, that's not bad at all, although devoted tree huggers who still need to drive should consider the miserly Ford Focus ECOnetic that squeezes even better fuel consumption out of improved aerodynamics and less weight in the car.

          The latest Focus is a smart looker - a 3 and 5 door hatchback and 5 door estate versions (the 4 door saloon isn't sold in the UK). Getting one at a rental counter is also a real treat for North Americans, who have to make do with a mildly restyled version of the first generation Focus. The build quality is generally excellent - on all the versions I've seen the body panels have a consistent fit and everything that opens/closes does so with a reassuringly solid sound.

          Inside, materials are of good quality for a family hatchback. Some of the plastics are a bit scratchy looking, but then at this price level that's rarely a surprise. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and compared to some cars in this class, the Focus has a comfortable weightiness to its controls and steering. The standard fit sound system is good, but the ease of use of the controls has been sacrificed to make them look all smart and symmetrical on the dash; I found it hard to find the preset buttons while driving, although would probably learn with time.

          I took one on a major road trip - 650 miles by motorway and A-road from Scotland to the Midlands and back. On the twisty bits the Focus is well poised and composed, yet still fun to drive. The diesel has a responsive kick when you need to change down for more speed on the go (excellent for quick overtaking) although 0-60 acceleration is not this car's strong point. Over that trip I managed a solid average of 45mpg according to the in-car computer, and I reckon you could better that if you go easy with the right foot.

          A smart family choice or compact business car, but to get the advantage of the fuel consumption you'll need to spend most of your time on A-Roads and motorways.

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