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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...

2007 Ford Fiesta XR4 review

I have owned my XR4 for a little over a year now, and I have loved every moment. I bought it as my first car because I wanted something relatively cheap, reliable, and reasonably quick. As a driver's car, not much comes close for the money. A decent XR4 can be picked up for around $6000 with low kays. The engine is an N/A 2...

2013 Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi review

[caption id="attachment_674839" align="alignnone" width="3968"] Confirmed cardie-wearer. That’s what one of my mates called me after I told him I’d just bought a used Mondeo. Ha. Ha.[/caption] Truth is, the MC Mondeo is an overlooked gem of a car, at least in its Titanium guise. Power comes from a 2...

2014 Ford Fiesta ST review

Having seen a few of these reviews for a variety of cars, it seemed necessary for me to chip in my thoughts on my little Fiesta ST. In short, I love it. This is a late 2014 build that I've owned from new, and it has never given me one bit of grief. I've come from a variety of fairly plain cars of my folks' and my own (Mk VI Golfs, Mazdas, Ford Focus), so the ST was my first foray into a more sporting car, and I would never go back...

2017 Ford Ranger XLT (4x4) review

  A Note from the Editor: A stock image has been supplied with this review. Title: Geoff buys a Ford Ranger - How I Came to Understand and Embrace the dual cab ute. Recently when sitting at the traffic lights with my view completely obstructed by the behemoth next to me, I looked to the side at a massive wheel arch with leaf springs, drum brakes, and exposed welds clearly on view...

2017 Ford Escape Trend (AWD) review

I gave in to the other half insisting she wanted an SUV. I couldn't even have a sporting sedan or wagon, so after deciding to get rid of the beloved Alfa, I thought I'd also throw away my last ounce of enthusiasm to drive anything remotely enjoyable. We seriously considered a Suzuki Vitara Turbo or the even more practical but weirder-looking S-Cross with the same engine...

2005 Ford Fairmont review

"The Falcon ... is simply too good a car to be wasted on taxi drivers," writes Wheels magazine when it reviewed the then-new BA Falcon in 2002. When Ford launched the BA Falcon in 2002, it was a revelation...

2013 Ford Falcon XR6 EcoLPi review

As a daily drive mostly ferrying the family, the Falcon XR6 EcoLPi manages the gig well. But the devil is in the detail, and in this case, living with LPG fuel. My 2013 Mars Red (it’s orange if you ask ordinary folk) ride has clocked up 90,000km and never missed a beat mechanically since new...

2015 Ford Fiesta ST review

As a PhD student, thinking is something I try to avoid when possible, but the Fiesta ST is a car that I find myself constantly thinking about. I've owned it for nearly 1.5 years now. With the release of the new model imminent, I figured it was time I gathered my thoughts into coherent words. One of the first things I worried over was depreciation...

1980 Ford XD Falcon S Pack review

The ’70s: when ties and sideburns were wide, trousers flared, and moustaches matched bad haircuts. During the first part of this decade, my friends and I used to clip squares of cardboard to the rear forks of our bike with a clothes peg so it’d strike the spokes as they rotated...

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...