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Styling is revised within and without
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Ford's cute child grew into a homely adult
The 2008 Ford Focus is the product of a major redesign of Ford’s economy-class hatchback and sedan. In its transformation, the Focus went from a few body styles to just two—sedan and coupe—and in the process, it lost a lot of its handsome lines.
MyRide.com says, "The best angle on the redesigned Focus is probably the profile, which retains the wedgy shape of the original car." The front bumper of the Ford Focus 2008 protrudes in an odd way, and the rear end of the car isn't much better. The taillights are small, the hood sculpting is strange, and the word "FOCUS" on the middle of the lid to the trunk looks a bit misplaced. Adding to the sentiments of the other reviewers, Automobile calls the Ford Focus 2008 a "bottom-feeder that has swapped precocious charm for grown-up deportment." Edmunds says the new look of the Ford Focus is "polarizing" and that "Ford has done little more than reinvent the Escort ZX2."
Along with some wind noise, the supercheap feel of the previous Focus interior is a thing of the past. The new look is more substantial and dimensional, as evidenced by such detailing as the sculpted rings surrounding the instrumentation. Edmunds says "the interior of the 2008 Ford Focus has been reworked with new gauges, a different steering wheel and new seats." MyRide.com adds, "If you can get past the exterior and sit inside the Focus, you'll find a neatly styled interior. The new dash uses a minimum of panels for a clean look that's mostly devoid of cut lines." Automobile wholeheartedly agrees: "The interior trim fits properly and is finished with attractive textures and gloss levels."
The 2008 Ford Focus looks ungainly, but rescues itself somewhat with an attractive interior.