On Steering - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus: On Steering

September 12, 2008


Despite the weird styling, cheap-ish materials or the fact that Europe gets, what is by all accounts, a pretty bitchin' new Focus, our Focus does drive pretty well. There's plenty of feedback from the steering and the suspension seems well sorted. It's a little sporty and that reminds me of the original Focus, which is a good thing.

Unfortunately, you'll find it difficult to get much out of the Focus in handling department because of the steering wheel. Looking at the picture above, the Focus has what is essentially a three spoke steering wheel. That part is good. The bad parts are the two spokes at 9 and 3. In order to accommodate all those buttons, the designers/stylists have put in two of the biggest steering wheel spokes I've seen in decades. The size of the spokes (more or less 4 fingers high!) effectively prevents you from wrapping your hands around the steering wheel. People who prefer putting their hands at 10 and 2 might not even notice, but for me (a die-hard 9 and 3 guy) it all but writes off the Focus as being fun to drive.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 12,066 miles

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