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Test Drive: Ford Focus 2.0 Sport Hatchback


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:02 PM

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QUOTE (loolick @ Sep 27 2009, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Look like I am not the only one stucked with the same question.

Ford Focus 2.0 Sport Hatchback vs Pug 308 THP.


Which is your first love? The answer will be the car to buy.

Forget what others say, good or bad.

Go with your heart. Remember the feeling when a pretty girl caught your eye and you can't seem to forget her? smile.gif

"Behind every great fortune there is a crime." ~ Mario Puzo (The Godfather)

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:21 PM

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QUOTE (DC18 @ Sep 25 2009, 05:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
u need the ford ecu to adapt ur driving style so floor it if u need good accelaration. it can be slight lag but it does provide enuf power.

from there, with slight tap it will be fast. and also i feel kickdown function react faster than using manual shift

CBU by Pino.............the gap expected smile_tongue.gif


I would say the 2.0-litre Duratec gives a good amount of shove, as the Focus has a relatively light body for the amount of power available. On a couple of occasions, I even managed to get it to wheelspin.

There were occasions where I caught the gearbox flat-footed, when slowing down for bumps and having to accelerate back. The transmission took a couple of seconds to downshift a ratio.

It also lags in manual mode, taking about 1-2 seconds before responding to your prompts.
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:45 PM

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QUOTE (desparil @ Sep 26 2009, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
gunner,

please pay particular attention to the interior quality/finish as well as handling/nvh.. i've done my own comparo but would love to get a second opinion..


Build quality and finish definitely not up to Japanese competitors' standards, but handling is very sure footed. Grip levels and steering response are excellent. As the cliche goes, this car corners on rails. The steering gives good feedback, but it's a little on the light side, so delicate inputs are needed when committing on a corner.

Ride is a little of the stiff side, but not bone-jarring. The dampers do their job to eliminate any bounciness.

At high speeds, noise intrusion levels are low. I could use the radio at low volume setting, and still get clear sound. The engine may be a old-school compared to the competition, but it sends very little of its noise into the cabin.

As far as driving is concerned, the drivetrain is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise, the rest are excellent.

desparil, do share your opinions with us as well. smile.gif
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:25 PM

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QUOTE (Breadman @ Sep 27 2009, 03:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Which is your first love? The answer will be the car to buy.

Forget what others say, good or bad.

Go with your heart. Remember the feeling when a pretty girl caught your eye and you can't seem to forget her? smile.gif


My first love was the FF, but after I see the Pug 308, I go ............But both "girls" are still in my mind, I just hope that I can own both. Too bad I can't. =)

We'll see how, still got time.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 09:45 AM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 27 2009, 03:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would say the 2.0-litre Duratec gives a good amount of shove, as the Focus has a relatively light body for the amount of power available. On a couple of occasions, I even managed to get it to wheelspin.

There were occasions where I caught the gearbox flat-footed, when slowing down for bumps and having to accelerate back. The transmission took a couple of seconds to downshift a ratio.

It also lags in manual mode, taking about 1-2 seconds before responding to your prompts.



yah agree on the gearbox. it seems it is searching for the right gear.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 02:51 PM

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QUOTE (TheGunner @ Sep 27 2009, 03:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Build quality and finish definitely not up to Japanese competitors' standards, but handling is very sure footed. Grip levels and steering response are excellent. As the cliche goes, this car corners on rails. The steering gives good feedback, but it's a little on the light side, so delicate inputs are needed when committing on a corner.

Ride is a little of the stiff side, but not bone-jarring. The dampers do their job to eliminate any bounciness.

At high speeds, noise intrusion levels are low. I could use the radio at low volume setting, and still get clear sound. The engine may be a old-school compared to the competition, but it sends very little of its noise into the cabin.

As far as driving is concerned, the drivetrain is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise, the rest are excellent.

desparil, do share your opinions with us as well. smile.gif



i test drove both cars (FF & 308 turbo) some time back but i concluded was..

in terms of exterior looks, the FF wins.. this is pretty subjective i know so no need to elaborate lah..

in terms of interior quality, the 308 wins.. i think the quality of the material used was very good especially for the price..

in terms of handling, the FF wins.. i only had a short time test driving both but the drive was on 'normal' roads with potholes and such so.. ok la.. didn't have much of a clear road so couldn't really test the 308 punya pick-up..

nvh wise.. both were good... i can't remember much but i think the FF had a slight advantage over the 308..






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Posted 28 September 2009 - 03:35 PM

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QUOTE (desparil @ Sep 28 2009, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i test drove both cars (FF & 308 turbo) some time back but i concluded was..

in terms of exterior looks, the FF wins.. this is pretty subjective i know so no need to elaborate lah..

in terms of interior quality, the 308 wins.. i think the quality of the material used was very good especially for the price..

in terms of handling, the FF wins.. i only had a short time test driving both but the drive was on 'normal' roads with potholes and such so.. ok la.. didn't have much of a clear road so couldn't really test the 308 punya pick-up..

nvh wise.. both were good... i can't remember much but i think the FF had a slight advantage over the 308..


i thought from ur post in peugeot and ford forum, you were gooing for 308.

glad u like focus too


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Posted 28 September 2009 - 03:41 PM

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QUOTE (DC18 @ Sep 28 2009, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i thought from ur post in peugeot and ford forum, you were gooing for 308.

glad u like focus too



i haven't decided yet.. both cars have their merits and demerits..



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Posted 28 September 2009 - 03:54 PM

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QUOTE (desparil @ Sep 28 2009, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i haven't decided yet.. both cars have their merits and demerits..



ok, enjoy the process smile_thumbup.gif

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 04:16 PM

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I think that like the Nissan Latio 1.6 Sport, the Ford Focus Sport has been given the wrong name. It should just be called the Ford Focus GL hatchback or something like that. I think this car would be transformed had it been fitted with the 6 speed manual transmission. Call me old fashioned, but a sports car with automatic transmission is not sports car to me! wink.gif
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