New Ford Focus Active adds SUV flavour to the range

SUV-inspired Focus Active available to order with price tag of £21,900

The new Ford Focus Active is available to order now with a starting price of £21,900, undercutting rivals like the Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca by quite a way.

The Active version of the latest Focus represents Ford’s attempt to tap into buyer demand for cars with the style and higher seating position of SUVs and crossovers. As a result, the Active comes with a raised ride height, roof rails, 4x4 styling extras and two additional modes for the drive select system, designed for slippery conditions and off-road trails.

Carbuyer’s full review of the new Ford Focus

There are four engines to choose from, comprising two petrols and two diesels. Petrol buyers can choose between the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost and the 148bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost, while diesel options consist of the 118bhp 1.5-litre and the 148bhp 2.0-litre. The more powerful petrol engine will be the quickest Active model, while the 2.0-litre diesel will be most the economical, with claimed economy of 78.5mpg.

Buyers have a choice between six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearboxes.

To set it aside from the standard Focus range and give it crossover appeal, the Active gets extra body mouldings, model-specific bumpers and alloy wheels, plus silver skid plates. Customers will also be able to opt for a roof in a contrasting colour.

The Active effectively becomes one of the range-topping Focus trim levels, so there’s plenty of standard equipment, whether you go for the standard Active or the more expensive Active X version. The interior features a leather steering wheel and gearknob, plus model-specific scuff plates and upholstery, with contrasting blue stitching.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. FordPass Connect means you can use the car as a WiFi hotspot. A wireless charging pad is available as an option.

Safety and assistance tech includes adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lighting, active park assist, a head-up display and evasive steering assist.

The Ford Focus Active is available to order in hatchback and estate form now, with first deliveries scheduled for January 2019. The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol hatchback model has a starting price of £21,900, with the top-of-the-range 2.0-litre diesel Active X estate costing £29,250.

Tap the link for our driving review of the Ford Focus Active hatchback.

Recommended

Top 10 best diesel cars 2021
BMW 3 Series
Best cars
1 Jul 2021

Top 10 best diesel cars 2021

Ford Focus hatchback review
Ford Focus hatchback
Ford Focus
1 Apr 2021

Ford Focus hatchback review

Top 10 best used hatchbacks 2021
2014 Skoda Octavia in blue driving around a corner
Family hatchbacks
12 Feb 2021

Top 10 best used hatchbacks 2021

Facelifted 2021 Ford Focus nears production
2021 Ford Focus in camouflage
Ford Focus
8 Feb 2021

Facelifted 2021 Ford Focus nears production

Most Popular

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroën
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks