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ďTHEREíS SOMETHING ABOUT THE XR5íS CHARACTERFUL FIVE-POT THATíS HUGELY ENDEARINGĒ

John Martin Perth

Being the owner of a Ford Focus XR5 I am surprised that you havenít considered them as a future collectable.

German made, Volvo motor ( knockoff), 166 kilowatts, a six-speed box and both economical and/or a guzzler depending on how you drive it. I have an electric orange model with leather and heated Recaro seats with low kilometres on the clock. It could be used for competition but I use it as my daily driver.

I know they have faults but they are a great little car that can be driven hard unlike a lot of modern cars and they are relatively cheap to buy.

Am I on the right track?

Cheers,

ED: Interesting one, the XR5. Although they often came off second to a Golf GTI or a hot Megane in mag comparos, thereís something about that characterful five-pot thatís hugely endearing. Itís a heavy old lump but it makes a lovely off-beat warble thatís a world apart from an anodyne turbo four.

They could well become a quiet sleeper hit, but not for a while yet. I remember driving one home from the launch of the V8 Audi RS4 in 2006. I blasted the 309kW Audi around all day and expected the Focus to feel a bit second rate when I got in for the drive back home. I actually had an all-timer driving it through the hills that night. Itís one to keep an eye on for sure.

ďTHEREíS SOMETHING ABOUT THE XR5íS CHARACTERFUL FIVE-POT THATíS HUGELY ENDEARINGĒ