VIP media drive in Lommel, with media from Germany, Italy and Spain attending.
Feedback was exceptionally positive. Only slightly negative comments were non-availability of an automatic version, shell seat not height adjustable, changing drive modes a bit cumbersome. Below you'll find verbatim comments and links to online articles from media that attended...
Jan Horn (Autobild), Germany: "This car makes you look good. It flatters you and irons out your mistakes. Not that I made any, but you can instantly tell how competent the car is."
Manuel Iglisch (Auto Bild Sportscar), Germany: "I want to write 15 articles on this car. I'm a big
fan and this is by far the best one yet!"
Stephan Helmreich (Sport Auto), Germany: "Simply great, I'm speechless!"
Horst von Sauma (Auto Zeitung), Germany: "Wonderful car! Everything's perfect seating position, steering, engine response, transmission. Drive modes are great, they really make the car behave differently. It's a brave move by Ford to not make any compromises with this car. And I can also drive slowly and comfortably in it, I don't have to drive fast all the time."
Stephan Wagner (TopGear Deutschland), Germany: "Unbelievable. The Audi RS3 and the Mercedes A45 can't match this car in terms of how fun it is to drive. It's even better than the Focus
Mk2 that I have at home. Perfectly linear engine response. I can't believe how good it is."
Roland Loewisch (Grip), Germany: "I can't find anything negative to say about this car. It's simply fantastic and the drive modes is a stroke of genius you can't get it in any other car, and the customers will no doubt love it."
Alberto Sarasini (Autosprint), Italy: "It just does what you want it to do. If you want to push it and have fun, you can. If you want a comfortable ride, you can do that too. I can't say anything bad about this car."
Andrea Stassano (Quattroruote), Italy: "This car is unique. The way the AWD system works is impressive and the drive modes are very nicely done. No other car offers what the
Girogio Ursicino (Il Messagero), Italy: "It's very good indeed. Lots of fun to drive and you feel safe all the time. I tried all the drive modes and I must say it works really well. Each setting gives the car a specific character."
Jesus Aguado (Motor Press), Spain: "You don't have to ask me what I think, just look at this big smile!"
Alvaro Sauras Alonso (Autofacil/EVO), Spain: "I like it a lot, a lot, a lot. It's just a perfect package and I'm not sure I can think of a car that's better than this."
Jose Luis Garcia Cano (El Mundo/Marca), Spain: "It's precise, competent, powerful. But the most important thing is how fun it is to drive."