JeffFromP... 3

JeffFromPoole

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me:

Member since:21.12.2005

Reviews:193

Members who trust:50

Quote-start

A Car Most ordinary

Quote-end
20.04.2008

Advantages:
Standard car for the average driver

Disadvantages:
sluggish performance, poor economy .

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Value for Money

Road Handling

Comfort

Fuel consumption

Looks

FeaturesSatisfactory

19 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (81%):
  1. ilusvm
  2. abcdefg
  3. wildtinsey
and 18 other members
helpful by (19%):
  1. BristolBud
  2. brereton66
  3. Soho_Black
and 2 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

For the latest in a long line of hire cars I was presented with the 5 door, 1.6 ltr hatchback. At first impression it isn't too bad, very ordinary to look at but it's a Ford, so what do you expect?

The boot space is adequate, but marred by the awkward lip, which seems to be a Ford hallmark. With a little juggling I was able to get all my tools and spares in.

It is pleasant to drive but unremarkable performance. I often feel that I am driving in third gear when in reality I'm in fifth. It will park in a fairly tight space but you have to be careful as the rear view mirror is deceiving when trying to judge distances.
There is a lot of unnecessary road noise which gets annoying on a longer run. Some extra soundproofing would be very useful.

Stowage is quite poor, the door pockets are small and oddly shaped, making it hard to get road books and paperwork stowed safely.

Seating is fairly good, the drivers seat supports the back well and is quite adjustable, unlike the horrible one in my last car, the Vauxhall Vextra estate, which I handed back after a day.

Being a petrol engine the economy isn't great. If I drive very carefully I can achieve around 38 mpg, which in this age is nothing to celebrate. when you consider that the Citroen Xsara Picasso diesel gave me 56 + mpg, performed better, and was more roomy and comfortable, the Ford needs to improve, especially as it is more expensive to buy.

I found the light switch a bit quirky, if you turn it two clicks to the right it brings on the headlights. Pull and turn again brings on the foglights. return it to the vertical and pull again, turning to the left and you will activate the parking lights. totally pointless and a great way to inadvertently flatten the battery overnight.

Good points?
The level of equipment is pretty good, the radio is adequate and the on board computer, once you learn its quirky ways, gives a fair amount of useful information. There are plenty of them on the road so you should never need to wait for tyres or spares.

As for a buying recommendation, I would say get one if you want a medium sized car at a decent second hand price and aren't too fussed about carrying loads, looking cool or travelling great distances.
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

redeyes22 20.04.2008 22:58

great review aggy xxx

Hsaxo 20.04.2008 15:59

I've always heard good things about focus's test drove the ST model and wow now thats a car! Focus's are well known for handling well tbh maybe fuel economy was bad because it's a hire car and had a life of abuse and needs a service :-)

plod591 20.04.2008 13:03

has your company heard of Skoda ? Great value for money and you'd certainly get all your stuff in, the new models have even more space and are much cheaper than rivals :>)

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Ford Focus 1.6 »

1 to 3 out of 20 similar offers for Ford Focus 1.6 Show all similar offers
Fulmen Car battery 12V 60Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

Fulmen Car battery 12V 60Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

By Battery. FULMEN batteries are manufactured by EXIDE and this battery is equivalent to ... more

EXIDE EA602 FORMULA XTREME range Carbon Boost
technology Old reference FA602 Starting power:
600A Polarity: + on the right Casing: LB2 with
moulding - Conforms to Original Part Matching
Quality standard - 30% more starting power
compared to a standard battery - Increased
lifetime when used in high-termperature conditions
- Double thermo-sealed casing with the patented
EXIDE labyrinth system - Visual charge indicator
for quick checking of charge level - Totally
maintenance free - Perfectly conforms to the most
demanding car manfucaturers' specifications This
type of battery is used to start equipment or
machinery (e.g. vehicles, trucks, generators). The
electrolyte in these batteries is liquid and this
allows for a fast exchange of the ions between the
electrode plates allowing high discharge rates to
be supported. Please recharge the battery once
received and before the first use to ensure the
best possible performance. Our products are stored
in our warehouse which is equipped with a charging
are to guarantee you optimum quality. As part of
our ISO 9001 quality procedure, quality control
tests are frequently carried out on all our
products.

 Visit Shop  >
allbatteries.co.uk
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  3 Days

Rate it now
NX Car battery 12V 50Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

NX Car battery 12V 50Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

By Battery. POWER START range CCA: 500A Polarity: + to the right This type of battery is ... more

used to start equipment or machinery (e.g.
vehicles, trucks, generators). The electrolyte in
these batteries is liquid and this allows for a
fast exchange of the ions between the electrode
plates allowing high discharge rates to be
supported. Please recharge the battery once
received and before the first use to ensure the
best possible performance. Our products are stored
in our warehouse which is equipped with a charging
area to guarantee you optimum quality. As part of
our ISO 9001 quality procedure, quality control
tests are frequently carried out on all our
products.

 Visit Shop  >
allbatteries.co.uk
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  3 Days

Rate it now
Fulmen Car battery 12V 60Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

Fulmen Car battery 12V 60Ah for Ford Focus II 1.6 Ti 11/2004 -

By Battery. FULMEN batteries are manufactured by EXIDE and this battery is equivalent to ... more

EXIDE EB542 FORMULA range Old reference FB542
Starting power: 540A Polarity: + on the right
Casing: LB2 with moulding - 15% more starting
power compared to a standard battery - Central
ventilation with spark protection - Visual charge
indicator for quick checking of charge level -
Totally maintenance free - Perfectly conforms to
the most demainding car manufacturers'
specifications This type of battery is used to
start equipment or machinery (e.g. vehicles,
trucks, generators). The electrolyte in these
batteries is liquid and this allows for a fast
exchange of the ions between the electrode plates
allowing high discharge rates to be supported.
Please recharge the battery once received and
before the first use to ensure the best possible
performance. Our products are stored in our
warehouse which is equipped with a charging are to
guarantee you optimum quality. As part of our ISO
9001 quality procedure, quality control tests are
frequently carried out on all our products.

 Visit Shop  >
allbatteries.co.uk
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  3 Days

Rate it now

Product Information »

Manufacturer's product description

Ford present the Focus Zetec 1.6 5dr Hatchback with 5 Speed - (Man) / 4 Speed - (Auto), Front (FWD) running on Unle...

Product details

Body Type Hatchback
Fuel Type Petrol
Available Trims Ghia; LX; Style; Titanium; Zetec

Ciao

Listed on Ciao since 18/06/2000

Show all Product Information

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Ford Focus 1.6 has been rated:

"very helpful" by (81%):

  1. ilusvm
  2. abcdefg
  3. wildtinsey

and 18 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Ford Focus 1.8

Ford Focus 1.8

Hatchback - Front (FWD) - 5 Speed Manual Gearbox - 1798 cc - Max Speed: 123 mph - 125 bhp - Petrol - Available Trims: Style, Titanium, Zetec, Zetec S

User reviews (28)

Buy Now

Ford Focus 1.8 Duratorq TDdi

Ford Focus 1.8 Duratorq TDdi

Hatchback - Front (FWD) - 5 Speed Manual Gearbox - 1753 cc - Max Speed: 118 mph - 115 bhp - Diesel - Available Trims: Ghia, Zetec, LX, Edge, Zetec S, Titanium, Style

User reviews (34)

Buy Now

Ford Focus 2.0

Ford Focus 2.0

Hatchback, Saloon - Front (FWD) - 5 Speed Manual, 5 Speed Automatic, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, 5 Speed - (Man) / 4 Speed - (Auto) - 1999 cc - Max Speed: 128, 131 mph - 145 bhp - Petrol - Available Trims: Ghia, Titanium, Zetec, Zetec S

User reviews (20)

Buy Now



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Ford Focus 1.6? Click here