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Ford Focus Firmly In Oneowner Territory

Aug 17, 2007
In 2002, the Ford Focus replaced the ever-popular Laser as Ford's small car offering in Australia. This places it firmly in oneowner territory. The Ford Focus had been zipping about the roads of Europe for several years before it made its way to Australia's shores, however in the beginning, sales were rather disappointing.

Perhaps this had something to do with the radical styling, or perhaps it was that the car was untested on Australian roads, however, it wouldn't be until the 2005 model was introduced that the Ford Focus would gain in popularity. The new model Ford Focus had a more conventional style and this probably helped it gain in popularity.

The Ford Focus is available in sedan and hatch and is available in a number of different models. There's even a high performance XR5 Turbo model available. However, for everyday use, the 2.0 litre Ford Focus is probably a more suitable choice.

All Ford Focus models have excellent handling abilities and the 2.0 litre engine is comparable, if not better than the Holden Astra. While having good performance for its size, it is also economical on the fuel. In fact, you can get 10 litres for every 100 kilometres of 'about town' driving.

As mentioned, there are a number of models available. At the lower end of the range is the CL model. Air conditioning, CD player, front airbags and front power windows are available in this model. The next model up is the LX which also comes with anti-lock brakes, side airbags, 16 inch alloys, cruise control, power mirrors and even a leather steering wheel. There's also a sportier Zetec model which includes a body kit, beefed up suspension and 17 inch alloys.

If this isn't enough for you, then the Ghia has a six stacker in dash CD player, power adjustable front seat and dual zone air conditioning.

If you're looking for a used car, then go for the 2005 or later model, although these may still be a little rare. If you are looking at an earlier model, then check the interior as the Ford Focus is not as well made as many of today's Japanese cars.

On another point, the Ford Focus, like so many of today's cars, comes only with one of those space saving tyres.

So, if you're looking for a car that will give you good performance, has good handling and perhaps most importantly of all, good fuel economy, then a Ford Focus may be worth a test drive.
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