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2006 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo review

Do you wish your daily driver added a bit more oomph to your commute, while still offering the practicality to get from A to B? Does your current ride no longer spark joy? Let me present you with the Ford Focus XR5. I first laid eyes on this hot hatch when I was 16, accompanying my dad on a drive to the other side of town...

2013 Ford Focus TREND review

After owning my Ford Focus Trend for nearly 3 years, I feel like I’m in a great position to torque about what makes it a great car. I bought this car in 2016 after learning to drive in my Dad’s Focus (the same model but his is silver and mine is red so mine obviously goes faster). Most of my driving is done on my daily commute to and from work, and it’s wheely easy to load up and go...

2017 Ford Focus ST2 Review

Just over two years ago I made the spontaneous decision to buy a Focus ST! I went to the local Ford dealer to look at a Falcon Ute, and due to the end of production, buying the Ute just wasn't possible. I remembered looking at an ST previously and liking what they were about. Hot hatches had always appealed to me (I had also looked at the Golf GTI, but the pricing turned me off)...

2013 Ford Focus Sport review

After almost five years of ownership, the time has come to upgrade to a larger vehicle for the larger family. I thought the time was right to finally submit a review. Replacing a VE Calais V V8 that, while fast and comfortable, was chewing through $120/week in fuel (500–600km/week) and beginning to rack up repair costs, the brief was something fun to drive, economical, and manual...

2015 Ford Focus Titanium review

If you can, cast your mind back to when you purchased your first car. Safe to say, it’s normally a pretty exciting time, and it was back in 2015 when I went to buy my first-ever car. After months of researching small cars with a bit of a sporting edge, a decision was made – enter the LW MKII Ford Focus Titanium in Panther Black...

2008 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo review

Ignition sequence start: seatbelt on, clutch in, start button depressed. Engines are go. The thunderous warble of five force-fed cylinders erupts from the dual exhaust outlets, shaking my garage and everything in it. An offbeat rhythm pulsates through the cabin as the beast breathes deeply, settling to a delicate idle. Turbo and oil gauges come to life...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

Not too long ago, I wrote a review for my 2013 Focus ST I affectionately named 'STewie'. By far the best car I'd ever owned to date, STewie converted me from a Nissan man to a Ford man. With the phase-out of the Focus RS coming, late last year I was battling with myself whether I should upgrade from a perfectly good car, which I loved, to my dream car before it was too late...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

Coming from a 2015 Focus ST LZ, this car is not just an upgrade or swap-over. Its raw power alone will put a smile on your face every time you take off at the lights. The difference between the two cars is chalk and cheese when it comes to handling and performance, and yet both cars are fun to drive...

2010 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo review

Having learnt to drive on country roads in north-west Tasmania, I have always preferred small, well-sorted cars rather than large, heavy ones. I have enjoyed showing a Commodore V8 a clean pair of heels on a windy road with some black ice in my modestly powered Fiat 128 Sport when, if raw power is compared, the Commodore should have left the Fiat in the dust...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

I bought a 2017 Mustang GT V8 manual in April 2017, and from the moment I took it home I was very disappointed with the quality of the manual transmission and also the overall build quality of the Mustang. In fact, it really left me perplexed as to how this car made it through Ford's quality control in the States and, if any, our QC here in Oz...

2016 Ford Focus RS review

I recently purchased Ford’s ultimate performance car. I’d had my eye on it for quite some time, and I am blown away with how much fun it is. I’ve owned a Ford Focus XR5 turbo for eight years that I love to bits. However, I did not expect the upgrade to be so impressive. I’ve always been a fan of the hot hatch, and to find a Focus that is only 0...