2008 Ford Focus Test drive and new car review 2008 Ford Focus

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Ford’s European car gets an makeover

The Ford Focus has redesigned for 2008, and owners of and older Focii will recognize the new car. New styling and out, a new model lineup, and a new coupe are hallmarks of the 2008 Focus. But what made the old so appealing was its European-bred road

Does the new Focus measure up to its Read on. $14,695 base, as tested, EPA fuel economy 24 MPG 33-35 MPG highway.

First All-new — at least the you can see

Technically, the all-new Focus all new. The ’08 Focus is on the last-generation Focus. first in 1999. While the original was virtually identical to the version in Europe, the two cars went separate ways in 2005 Europe got an all-new Focus and we got a styling job on the existing car.

For 2008 the North American takes a sharp right ditching three of its four styles — 3- and 5-door and wagon — and adding a coupe.

Normally I’d the lack of new underpinnings, but in the case of the it’s not such a bad thing. in the tooth as it was, the Focus was a magnificent driver’s car. (It after all, engineered in Europe.) The new Focus attempts to on the old with modifications to the suspension and Whether it succeeds is something get to shortly.

First things Let’s talk about the new The Focus gets all new styling to stern, with the most elements being Ford’s chrome grille (albeit two bars instead of the usual the Focus’ proboscis isn’t big for a third bar). Out back, the has been altered to tone the tall, narrow look of the old

For me, the jury’s still out on the styling. I fall in love right but the Focus grew on me the more I at it.

The 2008 Focus is available in trim levels: S, SE and SES. stars at $14,695 for the S coupe and for the S sedan, with a $1,000 for each trim level.

In the Seat: New interior, neat

Dash styling was inspired by the Mustang

Photo Aaron

The Focus gets an all-new with improved seats and a dash. Instruments are lit in blue, an optional ambient lighting provides user-selectable colors for the and drink holders. Air conditioning standard, but power locks and only come with SE and SES

The front seats are comfy and the seat is roomier than it thanks to a tall seating and plenty of foot space the front seats; still, not as spacious as the Civic sedan. the coupe’s back seat is as roomy as the sedan’s, though is lacking in both. The biggest No headrests.

That means your seat passengers stand a chance of whiplash in a rear-end

By far the neatest feature is the optional system, developed with which provides integration media players and Bluetooth What’s the big deal about you ask. It’s this: allows you to control your player using voice

So rather than fumbling the controls, you can say Next track or artist Devo, and your or Zune will comply. the phone system allows you to and recieve text messages; it pre-programmed with useful like Be there in 10 minutes, I directions, and I love you. them requires a brief of one’s eyes from the to the Sync display, but it sure trying to type a message on phone while driving.

even reads incoming messages out loud. The price for Just $395.

On the Road: things never change

One of the of the outgoing Focus was the fun-to-drive Happily, that’s one thing hasn’t changed. Where the old car was and playful, the new one is a bit more mature and down, yet still involving and

Driving on unfamiliar roads in I didn’t have a chance to the Focus to its limits, but I did take it the bends at a pretty good and was impressed by how well it clung to the

Under the hood you’ll the familiar two-liter four-cylinder ; improvements include a drive-by-wire and a slight bump in horsepower 136 to 140; torque is unchanged at 136 My test car had a 5-speed manual an outstanding gearbox with shifter feel and a light, clutch. A 4-speed automatic is ($815). I found the Focus to plenty of zip, with usefully concentrated at middle speeds. A Partial Zero Vehicle (PZEV) version is in states that adhere to emissions standards.

PZEV get slightly less horsepower and (136 and 133 respectively) but a cleaner I didn’t drive far enough to get a mileage number, but the EPA figures 24 MPG city/33 highway for the manual, for the automatic — are impressive.

The ’08 Focus comes front-seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags. brakes are optional. ( UPDATE: As of the model year, antilock come bundled with stability control for $745. this a must-have option.)

End: Well what do you they did it

2008 Ford sedan

Photo Aaron

As you can tell, I really like the new It’s delightful to drive and the system is very cool. I will miss the hatchback, the new makes a nice consolation and the fact that it gives up no back seat or trunk to the sedan is an added bonus.

I admit that I was skeptical of ability to build a competitive using such an old platform but much to my amazement, they’ve it. By keeping the Focus’ fun-to-drive and adding standard must-haves conditioning, side curtain and optional nice-to-haves (Sync leather seats), they’ve a car that can hold it’s own the latest crop of compacts. the lack of rear seat is probably the car’s biggest and something you should definitely in mind if you plan to haul back there.

Other than that, if in the market for a Civic or a Corolla, you definitely test drive the Focus. I bet you’ll be pleasantly — I sure was. Aaron Gold

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