Hello. First of all, I’m new at this blogging malarkey, as you may well notice. What I’m attempting to do is reviewing cars and giving you all of the good and the bad points that other reviewers may sometimes fail to notice.
So, to kick off this thrilling roller coaster of reviewing magnificence, I’m going to talk about the new Ford Focus.
And oh deary me, it looks as though Ford have styled another of their mental cars with all the elegance of a burst sausage. Surely it has to take more work to make a car look that bad. So, first impressions are not good. And the bad news it that this styling continues on the inside with its alien dashboard and front console. As for driving it, I’m confident it will be just as excellent as its forefathers. I know how well it drives as there is a Focus Mk1 in the family, so rest assured, with your eyes closed, you’ll have a rather good time. That is until you have an accident. Let’s have a look at some of the technical specifications for the basic 1.6l model:
Price: starting at £16,000
Power/torque: 148bhp/177lb ft
Top speed: 130mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 8.6sec
Fuel economy: 36.7mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
VED band: E
All pretty good in the economical department, but what about that price? For £16,000, you don’t even get that much. You’d need to spend nearly £20,000 to get a decent one, and that’s getting dangerously close to much safer German territory. Ford say that the bottom of the range Edge model is “distinguished by its sleek and sporty exterior.” It doesn’t even come with body coloured door handles, and for £16,000, it’s just not worth it. It’ll be fun to drive, and cheap to run but it’s just a Ford. Nothing special. 3 out of 10.
Recommendation: VW Polo
Next up, the Mercedes Benz E-Class.
Recently, Mercedes have been redesigning their cars rather drastically, transforming them from the elegant and easy on the eye saloons that they once were, to the modern and clinical cars of today. And, I have to say that design of the E-Class, well, it has worked perfectly. The E-Class has a beautifully designed exterior and to look at it from any angle is a joy. Mercedes are selling the E-Class with some very dodgy colours (as can be seen above) so be careful to go for something that will look modern, but will reflect the refinement of the car. I’d recommend either the Iridium Silver or one of Mercedes’ shades of Black. The car can be purchased with a £1500 coat of ‘Diamond White’ metallic paint, but for that price, you can put down a deposit for a G-Wiz, or something else that’s just as cool.
The Mercedes, as usual has a selection of engines ranging from the calm E200d with its pleasant 2.0l diesel engine, to the exhilarating E63 AMG with its gas guzzling 6.2l V8, costing a substantial £71,820. You’ll probably want to go for something in the middle, more than likely a version of the E350, with a 3.0l petrol or diesel engine. Specifications are as follows for the basic E350:
Price: Starting at £36,705
Power/Torque: 265bhp/620lb ft
Top Speed: 155mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 6.2sec
Fuel Economy: 45.6mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 170g/km
VED Band: H
The E350 comes, naturally, with the Avantgarde package as standard. One purchase you should definitely make is to buy the 18″ wheels for an extra £805, as in my opinion, the standard wheels make the Mercedes look silly and immature. When you have finished adding extras, like Mercedes’ brilliant COMAND system, you’ll probably be looking at a bill for £40,000. But with that subtle style and excellent economical benefits, it’s well worth it. 9 out of 10.
Other recommendations: BMW 5 Series, VW Phaeton
Ignore: Audi A6, New Saab 9-5
Finally, a car that I saw for the first time yesterday. The Renault Wind.
I won’t spend too long, as it’s really not worth it. First of all, the name. Wind. Not a good move Renault, with negative connotations and such… Second of all, this makes the New Focus look like it was designed by Pablo Picasso. For anyone who is somehow, still interested, here are some specifications for a basic 1.2l model:
Price: Starting at £12,995
Power/Torque: 99bhp/120lb ft
Top Speed: 118mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph: 10.5sec
Fuel Economy: 44.8mpg
CO2 emissions: 145g/km
VED Band: F
To be honest, the Renault Wind is as economical as it is odd. It’s truly head turning looks and ultra modern style are the reason that people are going to buy this car. And, I respect this decision. For me though, it’s more of a fashion accessory than a car. 4 out of 10.
That’s all for now.