Feeds
90%
Ford Focus 3G

2011 Ford Focus

Hi-tech hatchback

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Style counsel

My overall opinion of these driver aids is more mixed. Yes, they all work and only stick their oar in when they need to, but I can’t overcome the fear that excessive dependence on technology is removing the responsibility for driving safely from the driver to a black box under the bonnet.

Ford Focus 3G

It's a bit tight in the back...

Before I leave the driver aids, I should also mention that the camera housing is big and I was always conscious that there was something taking up a lot of windscreen real estate. Maybe owners will get use to it, but even after I week I still found my eye drawn to it.

Inside the cabin, technology is a little less obvious because Ford’s all singing, all dancing voice-activated Sync communication system doesn’t arrive in the Focus until early 2012. Even without that, you still get built-in Bluetooth phone control, and USB/3.5mm audio connections and an adapter cable to control your iPod from the steering wheel through the LCD screen mounted in the centre console.

Gadgetry aside, the Focus' cabin is a pleasant place to spend time. You sit low in very comfortable and supportive seats surrounded by high quality materials. There’s a large drivers footrest too, vital in any three-pedal foot well.

Ford Focus 3G

...but up front it's a pleasant place to be

My only criticism is the over-styled hand brake which has an unnecessarily long action and sticks up out of the centre console like the top of a Bronze Age hand axe.

Security for virtualized datacentres

Next page: Aerodynamism

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
What's that STINK? Rosetta probe shoves nose under comet's tail
Rotten eggs, horse dung and almonds – yuck
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar
Movie special effects project spawns academic papers on gravitational lensing
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight
Will Vulture 2 freeze at altitude? Edge Research Lab to find out
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.