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No more Ford Focus ... we're a one-car family again ... sad face
I reluctantly drove the Ford Focus back to the dealership yesterday, knowing that I'll never be that cool again. No more red car with heated leather seats and sunroof for me ...
We are back to being a one-car family. Back to our trusty 10-year-old car, which is maroon (very different to red), and comes with features such as room-temperature fabric seats and no safe way of opening up the roof.
But enough about me ...
I was given this car to test-drive so that I could judge it in terms of its child-friendliness.
It is a GREAT car, perfect for the city, great on fuel and really really ridiculously good-looking.
It isn't so great if you had to fill it with children, babies, prams and groceries all at once. But, as it is a 4-cylinder hatchback, I'm sure no one's super surprised by that fact. There is a sedan version, which I'm told is roomier.
Anyone with three kids or more would probably be looking to upgrade to a bigger car for the family - even my boring maroon six-cylinder sedan is seeming inadequate now we've installed the baby capsule ready for Second Baby's arrival. Not to mention the fact that I am the proud owner of the least compact pram ever.
But if you've got one or two kids (or three really skinny ones), a compact pram and a small appetite you'd be well served by this car.
It really does have some awesome parent-friendly features. I am SO going to miss its keyless entry, its leather seats and the fact that you can wind down the windows on approach. I've also been loving the fact that it is quite high and the driver's seat can be made even higher with the push of a button - much easier to get my 38-week pregnant body in and out.
It is also built with child seats in mind - with three anchors placed in very sensible positions in the boot, unlike in some cars where the car seat straps end up stretching across the length of the boot taking up valuable pram and grocery space!
And did I mention it was red?
Oh - and there were a few things I didn't test out ...
1. The Active Park Assist. This car reverse parks for you!!!! Given that I failed my first driving exam when I hit a car doing a reverse park you'd think I'd be keen to try this out ... but I've kind of got a reverse park phobia now ...
2. Whether the leather seats would hold up if my waters had broken. Luckily the spare towels were not needed!!