Written on: 30/04/2006 by JonathanLloyd (3 reviews written)
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).
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.
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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