Ford Focus hatchback - Interior & comfort
The most comfortable, best designed and highest-quality Ford Focus interior yet
Interior design hasn't always been a Ford Focus strong point – previous versions have either been busy-looking (the first and third generations) or bland (the second generation). The latest version manages to tread a fine line between style and substance. Its dashboard looks quite similar to that of the latest Fiesta and the materials used are, by and large, pleasant to touch and to look at.
Depending on the trim level, a combination of smart metallic, wood-grain or carbon-effect and soft-touch plastics are used where eyes and fingertips are most likely to roam, with harder, more durable materials used in out-of-the-way locations. The Focus isn't plush enough to knock the Volkswagen Golf from the interior quality top-spot, but it's easily the equal of the SEAT Leon.
Ford Focus hatchback dashboard
Taking pride of place on the Focus' dashboard is a central display screen – full colour and eight inches in size on all models. It recognises smartphone-style 'pinch and swipe' gestures and the screen is particularly responsive, with crisp, clear and attractive graphics. The latest Focus is also the first European Ford to offer a head-up display to present driving information in your line of sight.
The Focus is well equipped even as standard. The entry-level Zetec Edition trim has 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Ford’s SYNC 3 system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. It also boasts cruise control, auto headlights, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. The previous base model, Style, is no longer offered.
The Focus Titanium Edition adds heated front seats, plus dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, auto wipers and keyless entry and go. Part-leather seats, tinted windows and 17-inch alloy wheels are added if you step up to the Titanium X Edition.
Besides the Ford Focus ST, the sportiest Focus is the ST-Line Edition. It wears an unmistakable bodykit with distinctive grille, front and rear spoilers and twin exhaust pipes, set off by 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, dark headlining and alloy pedals and gearknob set the mood, while the ST-Line X Edition adds 18-inch alloys and the luxury kit enjoyed by Titanium X drivers.
The Focus Active Edition and Active X Edition models are also really well equipped and match their equivalent trims for kit, but focus on rugged looks and a higher ride height. They’re more crossover-like than the other trims but still drive very much like the other Focus models.
A B&O stereo is available on most models in the range, though it costs £150 more to add to trim levels without an X in the name. You can also add blind spot monitoring to any car in the range for £400, plus there are option packs that add things like adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a rear-view camera. A head-up display is a decent option to add and it’s available on all but the entry-level model.