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Mk 3 Focus ST alternatives

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Slinkie, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. MrRockliffe

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    I think the Focus nails these things very well, so you may be hard pushed to find something that does everything you want, at the price you're looking for.

    Cupra does come up a lot, so worth checking out in more detail :)

    Can't imagine the golf would have enough boot space for all you're after
     
  2. MrRockliffe

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  3. mccarf

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    I prefer the Ford interior too but I don't think the civic is bad either. It's at least equivalent to the Leon interior imo.
     
  4. MrRockliffe

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    Do you know if the Focus ST series got the B&O Play upgrade too?
     
  5. mccarf

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    Nope, no idea :D
     
  6. Doobedoo

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    Yeah but that rear end is just proper fugly.
     
  7. mccarf

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    I thought that when it first came out too, especially as I really liked the sleeker look of the FN2. It's grown on me over time though.
     
  8. theone8181

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    Funnily enough my wife has a mk3 focus st and is asking the same question, outside of gogolf or a3, all I could come up with was an a45 or the latest type r (some man maths here lol). It's quite a limited market really.
     
  9. Doobedoo

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    It looks lovely from all other angles I just really don’t like the rear end, it reminds me of a Prius.
     
  10. Nasher

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    The FN2 looks worse than the current one :p
     
  11. mccarf

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    Guys pls stop bullying Honda Civics, they have feelings too:(:(:(
     
  12. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

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    Just thought of one more, I wouldnt but its an option
    308GTI
    The depreciation on them is horrible so if you can find one it could end up being quite cheap for a relatively new / low mileage one. 270BHP etc (think may be one slightly more even)
    Its same segment as Focus/Golf etc

    eg, slightly over budget but look at age spec etc
    https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201901083737420
     
  13. Doobedoo

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    Lol sorry dud. Tbf that car you linked too is possibly the best car to have in the op’s price range.
     
  14. Doobedoo

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  15. LiE

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    OK if you don’t mind it being worth a pack of cigarettes in a few years.
     
  16. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

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    Yes hence I mention the depreciation. although thats already taken a hiding and would do him 5 years, so even worst case 3.5k or so a year. Pretty much most of the other cars people on here are mentioning will be similar if he needs to buy now 2-3 years old and sell before its 6.
     
  17. chaparral

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    Need the new MK4 focus for B&O
    (The MK4 Focus ST is not out yet)
     
  18. DereksDontRun

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    same "issue" as the M135i - the drivetrain for the rear wheels reduces boot space. If the M135i boot is too small, so will the Golf R (M135i is 360 litres and Golf R is 343 litres)
     
  19. Armageus

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    A MK3 Focus ST has 316 litres of boot space though... so possibly not an issue
     
  20. DereksDontRun

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    I have to admit, I'm a little lost/confused about the need for a massive boot with kids. I appreciate that things have gotten bigger with safety, but when I was a kid I remember families coping with original minis and kids - hell, my dad had a 2 seater X1/9 when I was a baby and he only got a 5 door when my brother was born.

    Surely a pram will fit into any hatchback??? I moved from a MX5 to a 1 series in the fear that the gf was talking about kids - and now we're expecting one, I'm a little confused why the mention of kids suddenly moves towards estates and SUVs... yes, I fully expect to be eating these words when I'm wrestling with multiple bags and just wanting to chuck items into a space, instead of pack semi-methodically.

    back to 1 series boot-space - tbh, I find it massive (but, then, I could pack a weeks shopping into a MX5 boot) and arguably more usable space than the gf's Countryman, with the 1 series lacking the height axis.