The Road Ahead : February March 2008
The Focus remains an important model for Ford if the iconic brand is to be seen as something other than the Falcon Motor Company. Mitsubishi deserves praise for having stability control as standard, even on its base specification cars. Styling is very much a personal thing, but we think it is a good looker, standing out among the test trio with its sporty, updated body styling. But a relatively hard ride and lack of reach adjustment cost the Lancer points. And the performance is not as impressive as we remember its predecessor's bigger 2.4-litre engine delivering. Put succinctly, there is little, if anything, to separate the Focus and the Lancer. Which leaves the Mazda. While it is not a long way superior, lacking the depth of dynamic talent strutted by the Focus and falling short of all the standard safety features with which the Lancer bristles, the Neo ticks plenty of crucial boxes in the way of depreciation, fuel economy, security, build quality, smoothness, ergonomics and performance. There can be only one winner, and at the end of three days of road and track testing and even longer crunching the numbers, the Mazda3 Neo emerged as the best all-round package. WHAT THE STARS SAY Focus Lancer ES Neo Price Equipment Running & repair costs Fuel economy Safety Space/practicality Build Performance Ride Handling Conclusion The Mazda remains a good, all-round package on the road. It has a responsive engine and it's pretty frugal on fuel. $5 OFF 4L PAINT* $10 OFF 10L PAINT* Visit a Solver Decorator centre for professional advice, friendly service and top quality paint and accessories. Plus, enjoy the savings when you present your RACQ Membership card: $5 off any 4L can of paint or $10 off any 10L can of paint. Offer includes all interior and exterior premium paint products* including advertised specials. *Excludes trade sales, accessories, Hi-Tech, Brite-Glo, Solvermaster, Sunflex and Easy Wash products. Not valid with any other discount or promotional offer. ABN 65 007 527 371 Only available at your nearest Solver Decorator Centre.
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