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Test Drive: Ford Focus 2.0 Sport Hatchback


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:30 AM

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This Friday, I'll be collecting a test car of the new Focus hatch to be reviewed over the weekend. Check back this thread as I record my thoughts, and views of the car in preparing a test drive report.

Also, please let me know if there are any questions you might have on the car's performance. I would do my best to answer them.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 11:33 AM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 23 2009, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This Friday, I'll be collecting a test car of the new Focus hatch to be reviewed over the weekend. Check back this thread as I record my thoughts, and views of the car in preparing a test drive report.

Also, please let me know if there are any questions you might have on the car's performance. I would do my best to answer them.



looking forward to it

since u have tested few cars in the same range, would like to know how the engine and the gearbox of the focus fare?cabin space?NVH?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 02:38 PM

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It would be good if you could do a RON 95 vs RON 97 fuel test to see if there is any difference that is humanly detectable. I also wonder if the stiffer suspension settings affect the ride quality. I find the Focus Ghia very nice in terms of ride comfort. smile.gif


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:13 PM

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QUOTE (DC18 @ Sep 23 2009, 11:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
looking forward to it

since u have tested few cars in the same range, would like to know how the engine and the gearbox of the focus fare?cabin space?NVH?


I have tested a few cars in this range alright, but most of them not as a journalist. The closest I have tested in this category as a writer is the Lancer GT.


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:16 PM

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QUOTE (flee @ Sep 23 2009, 02:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It would be good if you could do a RON 95 vs RON 97 fuel test to see if there is any difference that is humanly detectable. I also wonder if the stiffer suspension settings affect the ride quality. I find the Focus Ghia very nice in terms of ride comfort. smile.gif


This one will be difficult. I doubt can do so due to logistical issues. For a RON 95 vs RON 97 test like what I'm doing for my car, I need to have it for a period of several weeks, and use it regularly. I will also need to drive the tank close to empty before refueling. It depends how much petrol Auto ConneXion fills into the Focus before handing it to me.

I will make it a point to ask what fuel is being used in the tank.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:20 PM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 23 2009, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This one will be difficult. I doubt can do so due to logistical issues. For a RON 95 vs RON 97 test like what I'm doing for my car, I need to have it for a period of several weeks, and use it regularly. I will also need to drive the tank close to empty before refueling. It depends how much petrol Auto ConneXion fills into the Focus before handing it to me.

I will make it a point to ask what fuel is being used in the tank.

Yes, I know it is difficult to do this on a 3 day test. That is why I am not proposing an economy test. More a performance difference test. It would be easier to do this at the track as you can then fill up with maybe 10 or 15 litres at a time and then drive 5 or 6 laps.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:24 PM

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QUOTE (flee @ Sep 23 2009, 04:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, I know it is difficult to do this on a 3 day test. That is why I am not proposing an economy test. More a performance difference test. It would be easier to do this at the track as you can then fill up with maybe 10 or 15 litres at a time and then drive 5 or 6 laps.


Understand what you mean. No promises, but I'll see what can be done.
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:29 PM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 23 2009, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Understand what you mean. No promises, but I'll see what can be done.

Good luck and have fun! smile.gif

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:14 PM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 23 2009, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Understand what you mean. No promises, but I'll see what can be done.


looking forward!!!!

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 12:43 AM

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come lets go Kuala Kelawang then exit Karak this Sunday...
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