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.

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