Ford Focus review - Interior, design and technology
The Focus's interior quality is very good, while new infotainment system is slick and easy to use
Ford played things a bit safe with the fourth-generation Focus’ styling; it was clearly an evolution of the old car’s, but also incorporated some styling cues that we recognised from its little brother, the Fiesta – especially around the front end. The view along the sides is dominated by the longer wheelbase – the gap between the front and rear axles – which is the longest it’s ever been on a Focus.
A facelift in 2022 brought in styling tweaks to the front and rear ends, with changes to the light clusters, grille and bumpers, while the Ford logo now sits within the grille rather than on top. There are new alloy wheel designs to choose from, while the Vignale trim-level is now offered as an optional pack upgrade over the standard Titanium, Active and ST-Line versions.
Onboard technology has been given a thorough overhaul, with the Focus now running Ford's new Sync 4 infotainment software. All models (with the exception of the Trend) include a 13.2-inch touchscreen, while the Vignale pack adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
The interior quality is good enough to rival the best in class – without delivering a knockout blow on the VW Golf, perhaps. There are soft-touch padded materials up high, mixed with metallic finishes depending on which trim level you go for, and while there are harder plastics (notably on the centre console between the front seats), they’re generally in areas that you’re not likely to touch all that often anyway. It’s good to see padded door liners and flock-lined storage areas, too; they give the cabin a bit more of an air of luxury and help to cut down vibrations and rattles.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Ford’s Sync 3 system was snappy enough, quick to respond to inputs and blessed with a reasonably simple interface with big buttons that were easy to use on the move. The upgrade to the Sync 4 setup means even better loading times and bigger, sharper graphics making it, we think, one of the class leaders.
Digital heating and ventilation controls are often not the most user-friendly, but we really like them in the facelifted Focus, while buyers will benefit from improved wireless connectivity, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and over-the-air updates.
In this review
- 1Ford Focus reviewThe Ford Focus is a great-handling family hatchback that matches its rivals on interior quality and cabin space
- 2Engines, performance and driveOffering typically superb handling, the Focus is more fun than a family car has any right to be
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Focus has great fuel economy, is reasonable to insure and doesn't fare too badly come resale time
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Focus's interior quality is very good, while new infotainment system is slick and easy to use
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere's plenty of space in the Ford Focus cabin - and the boot should be just about big enough to cope with family life
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Ford Focus gets top marks for safety and should prove to be a reliable family car