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DoneDeal of the week: Two hatchbacks with plenty of safety features

The Ford Focus and Opel Astra are two spacious mid-size hatchbacks with economical engines.

LOW MILEAGE, SPACIOUS cabins and plenty of safety features? These two family cars tick those boxes and more.

First up, this 2016 Ford Focus (€22,500)

Source: Kerry Motor Works

The Ford Focus really is one of the best-to-drive cars of its size currently on the market. It has long been a firm favourite for Irish families in need of space and performance.

This particular five-door hatchback version is an ex-demo model and comes with a five-year warranty for added peace of mind.

It is finished in ‘Magnetic’ metallic paint and features a chrome window trim and finish on the door line. It has a body coloured rear spoiler as body-coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors.

Source: Kerry Motor Works

It also has front fog lights and privacy glass and as well as rolls on 17-inch 5×2 spoke alloy wheels.

Inside sees a three-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel, leather gear shift knob and Zetec trim sports seats up front. The rear seats fold 60:40 and the boot can hold 316 litres with the rear seats up and 1215 litres with the rear seats folded.

Source: Kerry Motor Works

For your convenience, there is air-con and electric front windows as well as a stereo with CD player and 4.2-inch colour display with FordSync, VoiceControl, Applink and USB and 12V sockets.

Safety features include ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control and Emergency Brake Assist as well as multiple airbags and ISOFIX anchor points.

Source: Kerry Motor Works

It is powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 100hp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 12.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 185km/h. The official combined fuel economy figure is 4.8 litres/100km.

It falls into tax band A3, which means it is €190 a year to tax. The car has just 500km on the clock and a price tag of €22,500.

Next, this 2016 Opel Astra (€21,695)

Opel Astra - 6 Source: John Kelly (Waterford) Ltd.

The Astra is one of the best cars Opel has made in years.

This particular five-door hatchback model is finished in Sovereign Siver metallic paint and comes with 16-inch structure steel wheels. It has chrome-effect upper window trim and grille and body coloured bumpers and rear spoiler.

Inside, the seats are finished in Talino cloth in Jet Black and the boot can hold 370 litres with the rear seats up and 1210 litres with the rear seats folded.

Source: John Kelly (Waterford) Ltd

For your convenience the car comes with electric windows, air-con, steering wheel mounted audio controls and multi-function trip computer. There is also Opel’s IntelliLink system with 7-inch colour touch-screen, DAB digital radio, Aux-in socket, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Source: John Kelly (Waterford) Ltd

Safety features include Electronic Stability Programme including anti-lock braking system and hill start assist; driver’s and front passenger’s airbags; front seat side-impact airbags; full-size curtain airbags; ISOFIX child seat restraint system for outer rear seats; height-adjustable front and rear seat head restraints; seatbelt pretensioners for front and outer rear seats; and remote control central locking.

Source: John Kelly (Waterford) Ltd

It is powered by a 1.0-litre ecoFLEX petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 105hp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 10.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 200km/h. The official combined fuel economy figure is 4.4 litres/100km.

It falls into tax band A3, which means it is €190 a year to tax. The car has just 11km on the clock and a price tag of €21,695.

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