Ford Focus interior
The Ford Focus has never been known for a luxurious interior, but this latest model has moved it closer than ever to more premium family cars
The Ford Focus has traditionally played second fiddle to the likes of the VW Golf and Audi A3 in this department and the same rings true with this latest model, although the gap between them is narrower than ever before.
The dashboard certainly looks more appealing, with a central band of shiny trim topped with a soft-touch section that spreads as far as the top of the door cards. The buttons for the Ford Focus’s climate control and other functions are all large and well labelled so are easy to hit while driving.
Overall, quality is good, with a solid construction complemented by buttons and air vents that feel solid to use. The only slight frustration is that the plastics tend to get cheaper the further down the dashboard and doors you go.
Entry-level Style cars do without the leather steering wheel you’ll find in Zetec versions and above. But, if you want partial leather seats, you’ll have to pay extra for an ST Line X model. Titanium X cars come with similar seat trim but add tinted windows.
At the top of the Ford Focus range sits the Vignale model, which takes luxury more seriously. You can expect more leather surfaces on the dash and doors, metallic trims and wood-effect trim inserts, but you can also expect to pay more money for it.
This is the first Ford in Europe to get a heads-up display and it works well. It’s standard on the Vignale model, or a cheap option on some lesser models.
Entry-level Ford Focus Style models get a modest 4.2-inch colour display, Bluetooth, DAB radio and a couple of USB ports. It’s a simple system to use, but unless you really aren’t bothered about infotainment, or you’re trying to keep your Focus as cheap as possible, we’d spend a bit more money for a better system.
For instance, pick a Zetec model or above and you get a larger 8-inch screen that sits atop the car’s dash, and also adds voice recognition technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring. The touchscreen is responsive and bright, but the onscreen graphics aren’t quite as sharp as in, say, an Audi or Mercedes and the general menu structure isn’t quite as intuitive, either.
You don’t get any physical shortcut buttons to help you switch from one feature to another, but at least there’s a physical volume dial for the stereo and an on-screen home button to rescue you if you get lost in some of the Focus’ more obscure menus.
If you want satellite navigation, you’ll have to pay extra for an ST Line X model. It’s relatively easy to input an address into the system but you have to go back to the main menu to add a waypoint to your route. The maps respond nice and quickly when you pinch or swipe and you can ask it to calculate another route at any time if you spot heavy traffic up ahead.
Also added from ST-Line X is a 4.3-inch colour instrument cluster screen for clearer driving information on the move. A wireless smartphone charging pad can be added to all but entry-level models for relatively little money, too.
As standard, you get Ford’s basic six-speaker sound system and it’s not until you get to the range-topping Vignale model that you’re treated to an upgraded B&O system as standard. Happily, you can upgrade to the B&O from ST-Line X trim and up, too, which doesn’t cost much, so is a worthy addition for audiophiles.