Ford Focus 1.6 Trend Review

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JonathanLloyd's review of Ford Focus 1.6 Trend

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“It's early days but this Ford Focus Trend feels like a...”

Written on: 30/04/2006 by JonathanLloyd (2 reviews written)

Good Points
Build quality seems to be very solid and Germanic. Handling is excellent. The interior is very spacious for a compact car in this class. The dashboard archietecture is simple and tasteful. Switchgear has superb feel, and the standard Ford audio sounds great (single CD unit).

Bad Points
Fuel consumption of my automatic transmission model seems very high. But the car is still being run in and will probably improve significantly as the engine loosens up over the next 1000 miles or so.

General Comments
It's early days but this Ford Focus Trend feels like a much nicer vehicle than the 2001 Toyota Corolla it replaced. The handling and ride balance is more European and inspires confidence. The seating in particular is much firmer and more comfortable.



My Focus was built in Spain and purchased in Singapore. The US model may differ in several areas. A 2 litre engine and manual transmission would probably deliver better economy and performance. However, for the heavy city traffic my car is exposed to the 1.6 litre auto is probably adequate.

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Jonathanlloyd's Response to JonathanLloyd's Review

Written on: 31/05/2006

The car is now just approaching it's 2500km service at the end of its running-in period. It is rattle free, and the handling remains pleasing. Performance and economy have improved a little. I have noticed that some of the interior trim does not fit as well as in my previous car (a Japanese built 2001 Toyota Corolla). I will raise this with the dealership. But no major niggles.

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Jonathanlloyd's Response to JonathanLloyd's Review

Written on: 27/03/2007

The Focus has now completed about 17,500 completely trouble free kilometres. The fuel consumption has improved about 10%, but is still heavy compared to my Toyota Corolla. Servicing was uneventful. No unscheduled items. The car seems to ride much better when there is some extra load in the back. Performance is more than adequate for Singapore roads, but engine does feel busy under hard acceleration when merging busy expressways.

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