It was also designed to appeal to all age groups and, as a result, comes in a wide range of configurations - 3 and 5 door hatchbacks, estate, saloon etc. Saloons don't appeal to everyone these days but, particularly if you have a growing family, their spaciousness may be a necessity to you.
Good Points - The Ghia is designed to appeal to those who crave luxury on a limited budget, from its 2 litre engine to the sophisticated interior and the lengthy list of standard features; this is one of the most luxurious vehicles in its original price range. Normally, when looking to buy a second hand car it is advisable to look for the existence of extras, but the Ghia has these features fitted as standard:
CFC-free air condi- tioning.
6-disc CD player.
Power operated front and rear windows.
Power operated and heated door mirrors.
Leather trimmed steering wheel.
Driver, passenger and side airbags.
Consequently, when agreeing a second hand price, you needn't spend too much time looking for additional extras. The car is roomy as one would expect of a saloon, and the boot is particularly capacious (and why buy a saloon if boot-room isn't important to you). Whilst looking a little more sober, the saloon shares many of its hatchback cousin's award winning traits - it steers sharply and handles well. At the same time the ride is a little gentler than the hatchback, which is likely to appeal both to older drivers and those who prefer the smoother ride. All the same, the 2 litre, 16-valve engine gives brisk acceleration, combined with an anti-lock brake system and traction control gives an impressive driving experience.
Adding to the driver's comfort is an adjustable steering column. The rear seat back has a 60/40 split, with the seat bench itself a single unit. A radio navigation system comes as an extra. The overall feel is of an elegant and luxurious car with, best of all, plenty of the room that you will need if you tend to transport children, luggage and the like.
Bad Points - These are mostly cosmetic. The saloon Focus only comes with the Ghia trim. This tends to mean a plethora of plastic imitation wood and shiny chrome. Some of the interior trim (door trim and facia) don't match the otherwise impressive interior when it comes to elegance.
Airbags (driver, passenger and side), child-proof rear door locks, high-mounted rear brake light and an anti-lock brake system - all fitted as standard.
Central locking and an immobiliser come as standard - Alarms come as extras.
15" spoked alloy wheels.
Leather steering wheel.
CFC-free air conditioning.
Top speed - 125 mph