2007 Ford Focus 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Good value and enjoyable to drive. Oz cars have poor safety spec
Plastic trim quality isn't great. Entire plastic boot trim comes away from boot lid if we used the handle in the trim to close boot.
Also has poorly fitting rubber seal on passenger door - it has ripples because there is too much rubber.
Glove box light stays on when glove box is shut (can see a shard of light at night).
For AU$20k (circa £9500) when new in Australia, these cars are good value transport and the handling is pretty sporty compared to similar cars I have owned. The purchase price in Australia is around £3k cheaper than a base Focus in the UK, but the ones in Australia have lower spec (although a 2.0 engine). Our model has no side airbags, no curtain airbags and no the ESP (anti-skid system), which are all standard on the base model Focus II in the UK.
My only other gripe with the car is that for tall drivers, the drivers seat doesn't adjust low enough (and the passenger seat does adjust at all). When going down steep hills I am stooping to see under the top of the windscreen.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st June, 2008