Ford Focus hatchback review - CarBuyer
Ford Focus hatchback 2014 review: http://bit.ly/1cSUOFi Subscribe to the Carbuyer YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/17k4fct Subscribe to Auto Express: http://subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk/cb Talk about important! Some 1.3 million Ford Focus models have been sold since the original car arrived in 1998 and with fierce competition from Volkswagen's Golf, this latest, third generation 2011 car is the most crucial yet. It's all-new, with a fresh look, host of high-tech gadgets and a super-efficient range of modern petrol and diesel engines.
Audi A3 hatchback (Sportback) 2003 - 2012 review - CarBuyer
Audi A3 hatchback 2014 review: http://bit.ly/1cvLxli Subscribe to the Carbuyer YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/17k4fct Subscribe to Auto Express: http://subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk/cb The Audi A3 is available in three and five-door bodystyles and is one of the best premium hatchbacks on the market. Thanks to its smart, understated design and superior build quality, it's desirable and hangs onto its value exceptionally well. A wide choice of engines is offered, plus manual, automatic and semi-automatic gearboxes - all of which are tough and reliable. A recent 2008 restyle made it look even sharper. The premium badge and smart styling are a big part of the A3's appeal. It's also good to drive, but while it's refined and well built its chassis lacks the sparkle of mainstream rivals like the Ford Focus. The A3's diesel engines offer great fuel economy and tend to be worth more second-hand. The five-door A3 Sportback builds on the appeal of the three-door hatchback. The only difference is a redesigned rear, that creates an extra 20 litres of boot space. You still get the same safe and predictable driving experience and a large choice of engines. The model is best suited to young families. Do you own this car? Let us know what you think about it with the Driver Power Survey http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/front_website/driverpower/2011
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback 2013 review - CarBuyer
Ford Fiesta ST review http://bit.ly/10nCAkZ Subscribe to the Carbuyer YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/17k4fct Subscribe to Auto Express: http://subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk/cb "The 180bhp Ford Fiesta ST is a great fun hot hatchback that is exceptionally good value." The Ford Fiesta is a fun car to drive even in its most basic models. But this one, well it's a little bit special because under there it has a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which can pump out a maximum 200 horsepower Just looking at this Fiesta you can tell it has a firecracker up its Exhaust. Ford has given it an appropriately aggressive body kit, boot spoiler, larger alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension and disc brakes all round -- a fiesta first. Okay enough about the looks, you can make your own mind up about that. What I need to do is convey to you just how much fun this little car is to drive. Let's start with the engine -- it can do 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds and tops out at 139mph. It's just so sweet to use as well. It's got loads of low down grunt yet still loves to rev. And the noise it makes is better than its rivals. Now the performance would count for nothing if this car didn't handle. And I knew it would be good -- because the normal Fiesta is brilliant through the corers - but I didn't know just how much better the ST would be. Believe me it out handles all of its rivals. But it's just not the way the Fiesta ST grips to the road that I like about it -- it's the way you can feel it gripping to the road both through the steering -- which is faster than on the normal fiesta and very accurate -- and through your bottom via the driver's seat as though the car is pivoting right beneath you. Now if all that is too much motoring journalist speak for you let me sum the Fiesta ST up this way. It is a car which makes you laugh out loud like a complete idiot. It's a car that goads you to thrash it. It's a car you drive just for the hell of it even if you have no destination. In short it's a brilliant car. Now you may think I'm getting carried away. Or you may think I'm being paid by Ford. So to prove I'm not here are some things which aren't so great about this pocket rocket. The brakes. They have plenty of feel but the Fiesta ST's doesn't from 70mph as quickly as a Renaultsport Clio. Also the boy racer looks mean it's not as classy as a VW Polo GTI. And while the ride is pretty good for a mall hot hatch this car isn't as comfy as the Peugeot 208 GTi. Also, apart from the body hugging sports seats, inside the Fiesta ST hardly feels any more special than the normal Fiesta. And it suffers from the same problems too like that confusing Sony Stereo, questionable build quality, a small boot with a stepped load bay and rear seats which feel a little bit cramped. You can overlook all this these problems though when you consider this -- the Fiesta ST is not only a better hot hatch than its rivals it's actually cheaper than them too and I'm talking by a couple of thousand not a couple of hundred pounds by the way. So it's a no brainer...
Ford Focus ST review - CarBuyer
Ford Fiesta ST review: http://bit.ly/1klWBZ4 Subscribe to the Carbuyer YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/17k4fct Subscribe to Auto Express: http://subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk/cb The all-new Ford Focus ST is a performance-oriented version of the Focus, but is built with an eye on everyday usability as well. As a result it's not only blisteringly quick in a straight line but it's also comfortable and refined too. The suspension strikes a great balance between ensuring sharp handling and softly sprung comfort, while the engine sounds quiet below 3500rpm. Unlike the old Focus ST, the current model is only available as a five-door and it now comes as an estate model too, which means it's more of a family car than ever before. It also starts at a price-tag that greatly undercuts its main rivals. Subscribe to Auto Express magazine and get 6 issues for £1 plus a free gift: http://subscribe.autoexpress.co.uk/cb