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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 CarPlayAndroid Auto and over-the-air updates.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 125 Zetec Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,955

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBlue 120 Active Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £23,915

Fastest

  • Name
    2.3 EcoBoost ST 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,310

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