Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Motoring Public's Verdictsa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Motoring Public's Verdictsa

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Ordinary drivers give their assessment on the Ford Focus

The experts have delivered their verdicts ( and it's all been very positive stuff for Ford as the motoring Press has lavished praise on the new Ford Focus.

But the final tick in the box for the blue oval's latest compact family car range will be down to a motoring public which made the new model's predecessor Britain's top seller for five consecutive years.

Can the newcomer take over where the last Focus left off?

We asked a group of everyday drivers to join our punter's panel, gave them a Ford Focus to drive each for a week and then asked them to deliver their verdicts.

Will the new car be a hit or a miss for the man and woman on Britain's streets? Here, the final three members of our Focus Group deliver their verdicts....

Driver No.1

Driver: Peter Howie, joiner.

Present car: Ford Focus Estate.

Tested: Focus Zetec 1.6 TDCi Estate.

Price: pounds 16,445.

I have owned a Focus Estate for four years, mainly because they are such good cars to drive and offer useful carrying space.

The new model takes the Focus a step further ( and more again. It's very stylish, well designed and comfortable. I always seem to be shifting bulky stuff for bits of DIY and this car is ideal for that sort of thing. The boot just swallows everything up.

The Ford drives beautifully too, the gearshift is sweet, ride quality smooth and there's loads of kick when you need it, plus decent fuel economy.

But what struck me was just how quiet the engine is. If all diesels are as good as this then the upsurge in these engines will continue.

The car's interior has a high quality feel and there are plenty of mod cons too. All very impressive.

Driver No.2

Driver: Jane McIntyre, graphic designer

Present Car: Ford Ka

Tested: Focus 2. …

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