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Old 12-29-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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BMW to 2012 focus

If you had a BMW or still do as you other car... Whats your impression of the 12focus drive..
Car and driver puts it as almost BMW like driving dynamics..
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:26 AM   #2
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Not a BMW but and known great handling car comparison to my Saab (WRX) 92x Aero (turbo). Saab handles better especially at high speed although my Focus handles great. I think it is the lack of power compared to the Saab, different tires, other factors.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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Probably the quickest of the 2012 Focus' is the SE with the 5 speed manual and sport package. The best handling is probably the Titanuim with the optional sport suspension. Until the ST comes out that is.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:03 AM   #4
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I traded an E46 330xi with Sport & Premium package for my '12 Focus. I miss some things about the Bimmer, but not others. After owning a BMW, I doubt I'll ever own another; been there, done that I guess. So far my Focus has been a great little car, I'm happy with it.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:43 AM   #5
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My family has owned/owns many BMW's (3 series) which I've had the opportunity to drive all the time. Aside from having more power and RWD, I would say the Focus has similar chassis dynamics and handling abilities than the BMW's. The 2012 Focus will not let you down. It really is that good. Especially with the 5 speed.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:06 PM   #6
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BMW to 2012 Focus

I've owned several BMWs (one 3 series, two 5 series, and an X5, in addition to two Porsches (Cayenne and Cayman), and my current Focus Titanium with the sport package compares very favorably with the BMWs. In fact, the 1 series will be facing some serious competition from this car.

The biggest differences I feel are the the handling dynamics of front wheel drive vs rear wheel, and the ergonomics of the seats (the edge here is to the German brands).

I switch back and forth from my Cayman to the Focus, and am very happy in either car. The Focus chassis, steering, and brakes are very, very good (particularly in this price range).
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:24 PM   #7
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I drove a 328i for about 3 years and the focus is a much better deal for the money. Not much diff. in the ride or handeling that i can see.

I paid $26k for a loaded up focus, had that been a loaded up 328i it would be around 43k, so no regrets here.
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this test from the UK mentions how the Focus compares to the BMW 1 Series

"One of our trips was to drive the new BMW 116d in the Sussex lanes around Goodwood. Despite the rear-drive configuration and the BMW badge, the Focus was actually more fun to hustle along winding roads.

We thought the BMW had nicer steering, and no doubt, the more sporting set up of the larger 1 Series cars would have turned the tables, but we were nevertheless surprised that the super-refined Focus could out-handle the base 1 Series."



http://uk.autoblog.com/2011/12/21/fo...ong-term-test/
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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Since the suspension has changed very little on the Focus over its iterations here in the US, I'll add My two cents. My exgf bought an 03 z4 about the same time I bought My 07 ST, and I was quite glad she got the z4, because I preferred driving My ST.
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I have a 2009 135i Sports package with Active Steering and the Focus Ti 5dr with the standard wheels. I haven't yet had a chance to drive the FoFo "like I stole it" but I did drive it up I-70 from Denver to the Evergreen exit and back (for those who know that stretch of road). It more than held its own in the left lane at ticket-worthy speeds throughout the curves and all. (Firewalled most of the way up to the Genesee summit, but still...)

Certainly the Focus has a Euro feeling of nimbleness and agility that I can't recall in any previous US make US model small car. For what it is, it's a really enjoyable drive. But it's a 160HP FWD "economy" car with an EPS system that still needs work. If you like the way a BMW feels to drive but want a $20-$25k economy car, the Focus is a great choice. But a BMW it isn't.

(By all reports the Ti handling package offers some improvement. But you also give up trunk space and turning circle and get summer tires to boot. and it's still 160HP FWD.)

p.s., comparing it to a base Euro 1 series for people here in the US may be misleading. There is nothing in a US BMW stripped to the level of a base 1 as sold in the EU. The US base 128i is pretty well into the range in the EU to my understanding.
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