Ford Focus hatchback (2011-2018) - Interior & comfort
All Ford Focus models get an uncluttered dashboard and smooth suspension
All models of Ford Focus are comfortable, with nicely padded seats and a decent range of wheel and seat adjustment for the driver. The highest-spec cars have heated leather seats, but we think they’re only slightly more comfortable than the regular seats and not really worth the significant extra cost.
Ford Focus dashboard
The Ford Focus has a well built interior and was given a real lift during the most recent round of updates. Silver trim adds interest to what would otherwise be a relentlessly grey environment, and the plastics on top of the dashboard and around the major controls are soft and feel good. But the plastics lower down in the footwells and on the doors feel harder and of lower quality.
All-round visibility is good, with thin window pillars contributing to a good view of the road ahead – although a relatively small rear window and thicker rear pillars mean the view out the back could be better.
In front of the driver are two dials separated by the trip-computer display, which in higher-spec models is operated with buttons on a multifunction steering wheel. These sculpted buttons are neatly styled and easy to use.
Entry-level Style trim doesn't come with as long a list of standard equipment as other models – it has air-con, electric front windows and mirrors and a tyre-pressure monitoring system. You need to step up to Zetec for Ford's 'Quickclear' heated front windscreen, alloy wheels and Ford’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Our favourite model is the Titanium, which adds luxuries such as automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, Active City Stop autonomous braking, dual-zone climate control and cruise control. Titanium X trim costs around £2,000 more and comes with xenon headlights, active parking assistance, power-folding mirrors, ambient interior lighting, part-leather heated seats and a parking camera.
If you want the look of the Ford Focus ST, but without the extra performance and increased running costs that come with it, then you could also go for the ST-Line model. This adds an eye-catching bodykit, sports seats and special 17-inch alloy wheels to give the look and feel of the hot-hatchback version, without increasing power or acceleration.
Frustratingly, these sporty accessories come at the expense of other kit, such as parking sensors, electric rear windows, heated seats and automatic lights and wipers, for which you’ll have to pay extra. Also be aware that the ST-Line model also has lowered sports suspension, which is firmer than the standard setup to improve cornering. This does also mean you’ll notice lumps and bumps in the road more often.
The key option across the range is an 8.8-inch upgrade to the infotainment system, which adds as pinch-to-zoom sat-nav maps and app connectivity. For the money, it’s a worthwhile investment. A premium version of this system is also available with Sony speakers.