I'm looking at swapping cars and I like the look of a Ford Focus estate with the Ecoboost 1L engine but I can't help but feel it will be underpowered, especially in the estate version. I'm going for a test drive soon but in the meantime has anyone got any experience of one they'd like to share with me? If not an estate then just the hatchback version.
I really need an estate and this seems to fit the bill sizewise and budgetwise, I can't afford a VW golf and don't want an Astra.
I don't think it's likely to be underpowered; however, it sounds like there might be some serious reliability issues with the engine. If you get one keep the servicing up to date and it might be an idea to stick with Ford dealers for servicing (there's a chance of extra goodwill if the engine goes pop after the warranty period). In any case, run it with a warranty.
Thanks *WMittens - I know it's a relatively new engine and I'm normally a bit dubious about buying something that's "unproven". I had discounted a Dacia Logan for this very reason (and also because it doesn't look very nice ).
Ah, I thought Dacia was a new brand, sorry. Suddenly every second car here appears to be a Duster!
LordEmsworth I'm looking at estates so they are about the same size. I did look at a skoda Fabia but it felt too small. Might go and look at an Octavia.
Basically, I want a car with roof rails as I carry bikes and skis a lot and want them on the roof - have roof bars permanently on my current car but I would like to be easily able to take them off when I'm not using them and this is much simpler to do with roof rails. So it's a totally ridiculous reason for needing an estate but the only other cars that seem to come with roof rails are 4x4s and they are generally too high for me to get the stuff up on the roof without the aid of a stepladder!
I was going to suggest a fabia, my sister loved hers and only sold it as you couldn't get three car seats in the back. They managed lots of family camping trips in theirs so it can't have been they small. Similar vein, but are there and Seats that could work?
I think a Fabia is definitely too small for me or, more correctly, for my very tall children who are just going to keep getting taller.
I'm now looking at an Astra estate, they seem to be a good couple of grand cheaper than a Focus which makes them quite attractive! But I have an irrational aversion to Vauxhalls that I need to get over. Anyone got any experience of recent Astras (61 onwards) that they'd care to share?