Fast and Cheap to run: what a combo!
The Focus is really what people have been saying it is: fantastic to drive!
Roomy cabin with loads of kit, Mine is the climate version which is very well equipped indeed.
Extremely quiet and well mannered.
Drives extremely quickly, its hard to stay at 30 mph!
It makes my previous V-reg Escort Finesse seem like an old hat, Focus beats its predecessor hands down in terms of ride and handling.
The gear change is so, so smooth, it's a joy just changing gear!
In comparison to my old Escort the build quality of the Focus is much improved, no more cheap plastic materials. real effort has been put in to silence critics.
If I could find one fault with the Ford Focus, it would have to be the dodginess of the tailgate, it has to be slammed very firmly to lock properly, but apart from that its easily Fords best made car.
One thing that still beats my imagination is how the Focus Zetec can be so quick and yet have such low insurance, its £200 cheaper than my Escort was in insurance (plus I'm a young male drover!).
I don't think I'll be changing the car for long time yet!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2003