The station car is an integral part of the American culture. The basic construct of such a vehicle is such that there is no clearly demarcated luggage area. Instead, the car designer allows a row of seats in the back to be folded and converted into a luggage area. Though it may sound a bit rude to the makers, it is a known fact that families and individuals have been buying station cars generally for transporting material, which may include vegetables, groceries or any other trading materials. So, basically as a layman, I would term it as a goods only vehicle.
The Ford Focus station car may give you the feel of being a goods only vehicle because of its enormous size and the history of other station cars; but it is no mug when you actually drive it. The station car is one such vehicle that has progressed in leaps and bounds in terms of design, engine, interiors, usage and accessibility as well as beauty wise. It is no more a transport vehicle. Although the additional space on the back of the station car is still utilized by families for deploying their luggage while on family outings, the design and the quality interiors used have made sure the wagon moves on in style in accordance with the new generation demands.
The major chunk of the production of the Ford Focus station car was shifted to Thailand, though its relations with the German units remain in good harmony. This production shift resulted in the offer price dipping down to $19,990 for the manual and $21,990 for the automatic transmission model, which are the special offer prices by Ford itself. For the comfort of driving a station car, you might be tempted into going for the automatic transmission, but in retrospect, the automatic transmission of the Ford Focus is a big pain to the wrong part of the body, and especially your hands. The gear changes in the 6-speed dual clutch auto transmission are quite jerky whether using the gearbox or the buttons inside of the shift +/- shift gear. It is more preferable to go in for the cheaper and fuel-efficient manual transmission variant of the car, which Ford claims to give a mileage of 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers, a mileage better than that of the automatic one that the company claims to be at 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers. For its price this is a very decent offer, considering the competitors’ similar vehicles.
The lightweight but sturdy suspensions offer a pretty smooth and comfortable ride even on bumpy roads. The seats of the Ford Focus station car are so soft and well designed, that you instantly fall in love with them and the comfort level is so serene that I almost fell asleep when riding in it. Such comfort that even my friends who have luxury cars are amazed when they drive it. This time Ford have really outdone themselves.
This station car has received a five-star rating, with each model equipped with 6 airbags, electronic stability control and emergency brake lights that flash while braking the Focus heavily, so as to warn the drivers following behind. The safety precautions are indeed on high level in this vehicle, so that it presents a good choice.
Overall, the Ford Focus station car is a decent, perfectly priced and comfortable car and still good for stuffing your baggage at the back end! Have you ever ridden in a station car? We would love to know. If you haven’t already you should try it, because it is a smooth piece of ingenuity which can be useful in so many situations – at work, for the family and for personal transport. The car is a good choice for both for your every day life and for your vacation. Because it represents the best technologies in the field and still preserves the great style and comfortability of the brand. I personally prefer this model since years. And the price is one of the best in this niche. So don’t be shy and give it a try. It is important for us to know what you think about the Ford Focus Station car.
Author bio: Bernard Berry is a car mechanic with 30 years of experience in the car maintenance. He is also a writer for different car affiliated websites such as the danish Ford cars and their campaign on “Ford Focus stationcar Teknologi”. Many of his articles are dedicated to the financial value of keeping an old car running and the benefits of buying a new car.