Our cars: Ford Focus - June
Week ending June 29
Driven this week 380 miles
Ford Focus review
The Focus' main role in our household is as family transport for my 11-month-old son, and we use an ISOFIX seat base to secure his child seat in the back.
On a recent overseas holiday, however, we hired a Peugeot 3008 and I had to use the rear seatbelts to attach the seat. It was a daily frustration that there was insufficient travel in the belts to go comfortably over the lap of the seat and around the back to secure it.
When we returned home to the Ford I decided to compare the experience - and sure enough, the Focus' belts were equally short. I am sure there are good reasons for this, but given that a significant portion of buyers will need to use the belts to secure child seats, surely a solution could be found to make life a little easier?
Week ending June 22
Driven this week: 195 miles
During 11 months of motherhood I've worked out one thing: the amount of stuff a baby needs is indirectly proportional to the size of the baby.
This is a blessing when a small hatchback is your main family transport. Whereas six months ago the Focus strained at the seams if we needed to go anywhere for an overnight stay, now it can happily swallow the smaller kit that baby requires.
During our recent family holiday, it carried three large bags, a pushchair and a travel cot, plus mum, dad, granny and junior with no problems other than reduced rearward visibility.
Week ending June 1
Driven this week: 95 miles
Ford Focus review
The Ford Focus does well for standard kit; stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, and – a particularly loved favourite in the Donaghie household – DAB radio.
However, lately this little luxury has started to play up. First it started losing reception at random, and in the past week it has graduated to actually replaying previously listened-to sections of programmes. This can be an amusing quirk, and a search of forums suggests that this problem is not widespread, but if it continues the Ford will have to visit our local dealer again – the second unscheduled visit in nine months of ownership.