2007 Ford Focus LX 1.4 from UK and Ireland


This car has it all



General Comments:

What a car.

Supremely comfortable with all the luxuries you'd expect. Not fast, but the handling more than makes up for it. The car feels great in the bends with no body roll.

People criticize the styling, but I actually prefer it to the old Focus because this car's looks will age well.

Superb car. If you want a reliable, comfortable small family car the old answer was buy a Corolla. Not any more. No other car has the same mix of fun, value and dependability.

To Golf and Astra owners, you bought the wrong car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2009

4th Jun 2009, 12:09

It probably will be a dependable car for you, but it's a little soon to say that - you've only put on 2000 miles.

6th Jun 2009, 04:19

I had a 2004 Focus 2 before this, and the only thing I replaced was the tyres. And I drove that for 55,000 miles.

2007 Ford Focus XR5 2.5 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Great character filled, well powered and practical car


Nothing as yet, only had for a week.

General Comments:

I have recently purchased the Ford Focus XR5 or ST as it is in Europe/UK.

I bought this car after much deliberation, needing something that was practical enough for day to day use, and would still be a bit interesting to drive without being tiresome in traffic.

With this criteria in mind, I decided that a decent size naturally aspirated or otherwise turbo engine was most likely required. I tested the 350z, which was a bit cramped, then tried a Vauxhall/Holden VXR, which I found a little underwhelming. Sure the power was there, but it was conspicuously turbocharged and noticeably ran out of pull after 5000rpm. I also found the four cylinder note (although it was not bad) a bit "farty". It was after this that I decided a four cylinder was not the way to go.

Not wanting a Skyline, Audi S4, BMW or other six cylinder available, it was almost an accident that I came across the Focus.

Suffice to say it ticked all the right boxes, the engine sounds refined at low revs and has the most lovely 5 cylinder growl when you get stuck into it. It revs out across the range with power seeming to build in a linear fashion with the revs.

The interior is not bad, although I would only have bought one with leather since it lifts the car a few notches on the luxury and aesthetic scale. It is practical, handles well and has a range of inexpensive options to increase power should you feel the need.

After a wait to find the right car, I purchased a 2007 LS model in black with leather. Although I have only had it a week, I am not disappointed a bit with my choice.

I can see that I will probably modify it a bit to get reliable and safe 300hp/400+nm. From my reading, this should only need an intercooler upgrade and ECU flash (approx $2200AUD for both). Once that is done, I can't imagine wanting for anything else in a daily driver.

If you're in the market for something practical, but with a lot of character, good power and good road oriented handling, try the Focus XR5/ST.

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

Review Date: 19th March, 2009

2007 Ford Focus ZX3 SE 2.0 petrol from North America


The Focus is what more American cars should be like


Developed an annoying buzz in the headliner near the windshield above the driver's seat.

Developed a metallic vibration near the right rear speaker.

Was occasionally difficult to start if shut off soon after a cold start.

6 CD changer was buggy when playing MP3 CD's with folders.

Driver's seat side bolster showed wear quickly.

Handbrake cable wore out after 10k.

General Comments:

Overall my Focus experience was satisfactory.

Much better handling than other similarly priced American cars, but it's no Golf!

Engine delivers good performance with just enough grunt to make it fun, though sounds a bit bland.

Good driving position, but wish height adjustment would move the entire seat rather than just the base.

Fuel economy averaged ~28MPG with 70/30 City/Highway driving.

It looks and drives like a European car, feels and sounds Japanese. Price is 100% American.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2009