I bet, like me, you didn't really fully believe it would work, right?
Well, I'm here to tell ya it does.
I was given a new Ford Focus to test drive for a week recently. To be honest, I really wasn't expecting big things. I just thought it might be a 'nice little car' to dash around in for a week, so I was very pleasantly surprised with what I found.
This baby is amazing. First of all, it looks good. Like, sporty and cool. Most mums, like me, are driving around in people movers or unimpressive 4WDs (and then there are the horrible 4-wheel driving mums who need to be made to walk everywhere, because they think they own the road. But that's probably a rant for another time.)
It has so much gadgetry, that when Craig (the dude who dropped it off) started demonstrating everything it could do, I thought I was suddenly in an episode of The Jetsons. I half expected to push a button and have a hot meal served to me.
When I, in turn, demonstrated the car to Jen, she was all like, "Get the *@#% outta here!" We were going to rename the car 'The Get The *@#% Outta Here Fabulous Ford Focus', but then I didn't really think Ford would go for that. Not sure why...just a gut feeling.
|Cool retro looking dashboard|
|The nerve centre|
Then when I rattled off the amazingness to Hubby, he was very much, "What-e-va," UNTIL, that is, he got in the car and I showed him in person what it could do. Next thing, he was off in MY Ford driving around and calling me from the blue tooth.
It has Voice Recognition - you can tell the car to dial a phone number, and it will. Seriously. Then you can talk through your blue tooth. You can even programme in numbers, so you can just say, "Jen!" and it'll dial Jen. (If you want Jen's number BTW, just email me and I'll give it to you. She'll be most pleased.)
You can also do some other cool stuff with the voice recognition, and you'll see that in a mo.
And of course it has the amazing, Jestons-like Auto Park Assist. Press a button, drive past a parking spot on the side of the road and the car will tell you if you can fit and THEN it will PARK IT FOR YOU. As in, the car drives itself!
I know what you're thinking, 'Get the *@#% outta here!'
Take a look...
Wait. Is that the phone ringing? No doubt Top Gear Australia calling me about joining the team, huh?
Other great stuff:
- Keyless entry
- Stylish interior
- Fabulous boot space for a sedan
- Pretty good power for its engine size (including sports mode)
- Side mirrors that automatically close in when you lock the car, and automatically open when you enter the car
- Audio connection to your iPod etc
- Front & rear sensors
Not so great stuff:
- Keyless entry a bit hit & miss
- A little squishy with leg space in the back
- Stereo sound quality so-so
- Won't make you a hot meal (bummer)
Anyway, head to the website and check it out for yourself. In fact, go test drive one. You don't have to buy it - just do a bit of tyre kicking and have a go. Great way to spend a Saturday arvo, I say. ;)