2001 Ford Focus SE Wagon 2.0 Zetec from North America


Excellent car for the cheap end of the American market, when will we see the TDi?


Worked great for 2 weeks.

General Comments:

I rented a Focus SE Wagon for 2 weeks and in some respects was very surprised how good it was, and in other ways it did what I hoped.

The handling was very crisp and it went well, very well for an auto. I think I could live with one!!!

The interior is HUGE, the clear 45" wide cargo bay will fit 2 pinball machines.

Well the time has come to replace the Audi quattro, will it be an A6 Avant with 60,000 miles or a new Focus Wagon?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd October, 2001

2001 Ford Focus Ghia 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Such a dull car


Not much engine wise.

Bad electrics.

Shoddy build quality inside.

General Comments:

Quite why these cars are so well rated I will never know. They are 'badged' a design classic, I don't really see how, basically they look the same as any modern car and the rear lights serve as an ugliness factor (DULL).

Step inside and the interior is Grey, Grey, Grey and oooohhhhh some black and a tacky shiny bit of wait for it DARK GREY plastic, surrounding an incredibly useless hole designed for loose change... yeah if you can get it out! The seats are not very supportive and a bit soft for my liking, but everyone has their own opinion, mine is very uncomfortable. The interior is built very poorly, the other day I found a bit of plastic that I don't know what it is from?? A sort of 3d U shaped bit?? Also the dashboard rattles and clunks.

To drive, the engine is for a Ford very good, and so far, reliable. For me the drive of the car is very very dull, it feels too much like the car is driving itself, and takes away the skill of driving thus making it DULL DULL DULL. Why does Ford use such a unresponsive gearbox in all of its cars, which only adds to the unanimous dullness of this car's drive.

Considering the car is made in Germany I am not impressed with the build quality, but it does explain the dullness of the car. I really wish there were more British Cars to actually give us a fun driving experience, I have driven many British cars - TVR, Rovers, MGs, Lotus conversions on the Carlton, Astra and Nova, and recently have found little to match them for fun driving.

If you want a practical car then maybe this is it, prepare to become one of the crowd!! The more you see of this car, the duller it gets!! It's just the average run of the mill car, that is desperately overrated.

If you want a driver's car, then don't get a Focus, they are uninspiring and no fun!! The only fun car I have driven recently is my friends Astra Coupe which is a lovely drive where you can feel the road in the steering, and get response from the gears. Although it's hard to beat the good old days when cars were for driving, not for riding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2001

2nd Nov 2001, 14:12

It's obvious you're not happy with the car. But to compare a Focus to a TVR or an MG... They're completely different cars designed for different people. If I wanted to drive a Porsche, I wouldn't buy a Focus and then complain about how it is lacking in performance.

7th Jan 2002, 15:41

Why on earth did you buy this car??

30th Jan 2002, 02:12

I have a Zetec, the seats are sporty, the car is sporty - if you buy the basic run of the mill Focus maybe they are not much fun - but the Zetec is the one to go for. Saying all that, at the moment I have an electrical fault, which they can't find - it is nearly 3 years old.

11th Feb 2002, 09:31

I've recently purchased the Focus Zetec 2.0i which is less than 1 year old. I have to say it's one of the best cars I have ever driven, to say you just ride this car is... well ridiculous, the car is a driver's car, switching off the traction control and throwing the car around is great fun, it's responsive and the steering is smooth yet not numb, you can feel whats happening.

As for the styling which you're not happy with, it's not a TVR and it's not trying to be, it's not pretending to be anything.

I love it, the driver's position is second to none - comfortable and roomy. To compare this car to the models you have just shows a narrow minded lack of knowledge.

28th Nov 2002, 14:45

Does anyone get the feeling that this is an Astra owner writing this?