Perhaps, the famous phrase attributed to the founder of the Ford company should sound like this in the new realities. If you decide to buy a car from Vsevolozhsk in a popular configuration now, count on … autumn. What magical power attracts to this car?
FROM SIMPLE TO ROAD
The Focus attracts buyers primarily in price: to get a modern golf-class car for less than $ 12, 000! Roomy, safe, and not even in the poorest configuration: driver airbag, front electric windows, central locking and immobilizer, steering column with two adjustments, seat with an "elevator". True, there is no air conditioning, but the body and engine are the most modest for this price - a three-door hatchback and an 80-horsepower 1.4 liter unit.
Then only have time to count the bills. Color with a metallic sheen - plus $ 275. For a five-door hatchback you will have to pay 460 "conditional", and the premium for the sedan beloved by many Russians is twice as much. Need a station wagon? It is more expensive than a three-door hatchback in the same configuration on 1550 "green".
If desired, a potential buyer will dilute the ascetic version of “Ambiente” with options - from rubber mats ($ 35) to air conditioning ($ 1150). By the way, the latter is included in the richer package bundle “Comfort”, which is more expensive by a little more than 1000. Perhaps it is more expedient to choose a “comfortable” option, having received, in addition to the air conditioner, even moldings and door handles in body color, and with them the interior is more impressive.
In the “Comfort” package there are more opportunities to allocate a solid, often four-figure amount for additional equipment. Instead of air conditioning, you can order dual-zone climate control ($ 390), install parking sensors at the stern ($ 290) or power windows on all doors and heated mirrors ($ 230). Those who are ready to invest in safety are offered a second frontal cushion and side airbags ($ 290 each), ABS and a stability control system ($ 690), as well as a heated windshield ($ 170). The list of options does not end there - the most wasteful can spend more than $ 7, 000.
The “tricks” in the “Trend” configuration are richer both outside and inside - chrome on the radiator grille, dark rims on the headlights. It is logical that the additional equipment is more serious - for example, leather chairs ($ 1, 590) or bi-xenon headlights ($ 980).
At the top step - a complete set of "Gia" (Ghia). Many beautiful and comfortable little things that in other versions offer options, here - in the basic equipment: four electric windows, electric mirrors, a key with remote control for alarm, front and side airbags. Plus, features that are characteristic only for Gia: the original design of the center console, a leather knob of the gear lever with a silver logo and a rim, a scattering of lamps, including at the legs and near the mirrors on the visors.
LITERS AND FORCES
The most affordable gasoline 1.4-liter engine can not boast of characteristics, although a driver who prefers a calm, measured driving style will be happy. Moreover, if most of the time the car lives in a dense city stream. 80 “horses” will cope with such work with a bang, and extra money will not fly into the exhaust pipe. It’s not so comfortable on the highway - you want to drive dynamically, change gears more often, not allowing the speed to fall.
Almost $ 1, 500 will have to be paid for a Focus with a 1.6 liter engine, since they are not installed in the Ambient package. The stylish unit pulls more fun, reminding of itself with a distinctive tongue, which breaks even through sound insulation. Those wishing to purchase a “Focus” with two pedals will have to stop on this motor, but they don’t put a four-speed “automatic” on the other. There is a version with an aggregate of the same volume - 1.6 liters, but at 15 hp. more powerful.
If these "horses" are not enough, order the "Focus" with a 2-liter engine. And those sharing European values are offered versions with a 1.8 liter diesel engine (ЗР, 2006, No. 3). Such cars are significantly more expensive than gasoline, equal in strength. Therefore, we must passionately love diesels or travel a lot. Indeed, at the current difference in fuel prices, a Ford diesel engine will pay off only after 100 thousand km. By the way, the frequency and cost of maintenance for diesel and gasoline versions is the same. Those who still decide on a diesel engine are advised to pay extra for a starting heater ($ 460). Without it, the cabin cannot be melted into popping frosts, especially if the engine rumbles at idle in prolonged traffic jams.
Standing apart is the sports version - Focus ST. True, he will have to wait a few months, after specifying a complete set with the dealer. Such machines are delivered for a specific client, a conversation with which begins with 29 thousand dollars. Under the hood, a five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged unit, which has 225 “horses”, menacingly flutters menacingly. They will try to make the speedometer needle cross the 100 km / h mark in less than 7 s and “rest” only closer to 240 km / h. Just have time to flip the gears of a mechanical six-speed gearbox. Some differences between the ST modification and the usual “tricks” are a sports suspension, 18-inch wheels with low-profile tires, an original bumper and grille, Recaro seats, metal pedals. There is still much that will cause the envious glances of others and a sense of satisfaction with the owner.
If you run out of space, not power, take a look at the C-Max. A minivan on the Focus platform is sold with only two engines of 1.6 and 1.8 liters, respectively, 115 and 125 “horses”. Less and complete sets, dropped out "Comfort". Naturally, a minivan is more expensive than a regular Focus - in the initial version of Ambient, it’s almost 18 thousand dollars, and the most sophisticated “Gia” does not quite reach 35 thousand.
WITHOUT MIRACLES, BUT WITH "FOCUS"
Tall and oversized colleagues confirm: “Focus” is one of the most spacious in its class. On the front row, the driver and passenger do not interfere with each other, on the back sofa - quite tolerably three sit down. It is a pity that for the middle belt is only waist, and there is no headrest at all.
Driving the Focus is convenient. Comfortable seats - with a wide range of adjustments, including height. Even in the simplest configuration, the steering column is adjustable in the longitudinal direction and in the angle of inclination. Just try not to touch her massive and hard casing when landing and disembarking, otherwise your legs will be bruised.
Behavior on the road, “Focus” is trying to please both the driver and passengers - it does not always work out. The suspension is comfortable, non-shaky, but cannot boast of a large supply of energy intensity. Serious pits and potholes respond with breakdowns. Flaws of the coating on the steering wheel are almost not transmitted, but along with bumps, the connection with the road disappears. In addition, the car heels noticeably in corners, and the body begins to swing on irregularities. However, there is no serious “crime” in the behavior of “Focus”. What is really worth fearing - sluggish brakes in versions without ABS. Recall that without electronics, the stopping distance is noticeably increased (ZR, 2005, No. 12).
Despite some shortcomings, Focus is one of the most profitable offers on the Russian market. It costs almost the same as the younger sister "Fiesta" and is cheaper than many competitors. And in terms of operating costs, many models of this class are more expensive.
By and large, the problem is one. Not everyone agrees to wait six months or even several months. True, this year the plant in Vsevolozhsk is increasing production, and some configurations will come from abroad, but they promise to sell them at the same prices as Russian-made cars. We hope that the queues will disappear soon. Unnoticed, as in good focus.