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In Uncategorized on September 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I don’t suppose I’ll ever buy one, but every now and then I get a chance to drive this 1.6 diesel Focus.

Perhaps I represent the biggest problem to Ford’s future success in England.

For years people like me were forced to drive “The Blue Oval” as worked as salesmen for bigPLCs.

My previous Fords include an Escort 1.4L, another 1.4 GL(with sunroof), and a Mondeo GLX 2.0 litre auto.  I also endured a dreadful last of the “new shape” 1.4LX Escorts for two weeks whilst waiting for a new Subaru.

But back to today’s car.

The good bits.

Excellent ride, super dynamics simply floating over all the adverse cambers Hungarian roads could serve up.

Clear instruments, plenty of space inside, and reasonable looks outside.

All of which is all well and good, but Ford always seem to serve up something to spoil the overall package.  I once thought about a Focus ST, but couldn’t accept the low rent interior.

Interestingly this mid-range vehicle is better inside than the fancy sporty ones, although half the gear knob fell off and chafes your hand when rowing it along.

Then there’s the performance.  Adequate, but just like the Golf the other day, there doesn’t seem to be enough torque.  Once up and running its ok.

In bright sunshine you can’t read the time on the hideous mid-dash music system.

Maybe I’m fussy, and just don’t like diesels or perhaps the 150 bhp unit in my Cadillac mated to an auto box was just that much more suitable for relaxed driving.

So for me the Focus gets say 6 out of 10.