New Focus I had the 1.6 LX TDCi estate. Feels very refined and smooth. I've done around 350 miles in it. Plymouth -> Wales -> Bristol -> Plymouth Love the steering wheel, nice and thick and chunky. The gear change is also very smooth. It feels like the very slick Mondeo gear change. This diesel holds on to the revs for a little longer then I'd want during gear changes though...makes it nice and smooth when your pottering along but trying to race it sounds like your not lifting your foot off the loud pedal quick enough :) Something I've adapted to over a few miles though... Love the change up light (small red arrow) 'advising' you its time to change up to the next gear. Shame it’s a bit of a small light. Handling feels good. Obv this is an estate and it did feel a little more heavy on the road. Still feels like you can chuck it about though. Seats are good. Nice support and good adjustment. More comfort then the Mk I. The wing mirrors seem a little small. That's going to be one of my gripes. They are very Mondeo like. The electric mirror adjuster switch is bit a joke too. Far too fiddly and a tad difficult to use and looks half finished. The 1600 diesel wasn’t amazing in power delivery and there was a noticeable lag - For a 1.6 it wasn't boring though. Wonder how the 2.0 goes. Didn’t notice the stalling issue from the first TDCi engines in the Focus where you could easily stall it if you didn’t supply loads of revs on take off. Pulled away in second fairly well too! There was a bit more road noise then I expected. More then likely down to the hard compound tyres I expect. Premacy 16". No alloys with this LX. The front window is at quite an angle on the Focus. Like the natty wiper blades which have been copied from the VW Golf. Rear wiper quite small wiping only a small area. The stereo is good. This car had the 6000CD unit. Sounded similar to the previous focus. Certainly a bit better once I got Compression on and clipping off.. There were tweeters supplied in the A Pillars too! Another 'feature' whether you like it or not is that the air conditioning defaults to 'on' every time you start the car.... whether you had turned it off or not the last time you used it! Bizarre but Mercedes do this so heh :) Fuel economy was ok considering I was not hanging about.... put in 38 quid after doing around 350 miles.... The dash is very clear and nice to read. Nice glow when dark. They key fob has grown in length quite considerably - Are you pleased to see me or do you have a Focus key in your pocket. Visibility all round is very good, never had problems parking etc. Not sure what the handbrake is doing on that side of the centre console - it’s a bit far away and odd to use for the first few times. Plenty of storage space for cups and keys and phones etc. The owners manual folder seems a bit cheaper, no longer that funky wetsuit material but a cheap imitation leather... Certainly a car I could live with. Overall cant really fault it. As for looks - I like and it is growing on me more and more. Took notice of a couple of hatch back MKII's and they do look nice. This is just the 1600 LX so for more fun and toys the higher spec'ed models would be a plus on this! Played Ford!