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.
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, next-up Zetec models come with a larger 6.5-inch screen that sits stop 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.
Then, from ST-Line X models all the way to the range-topping Ford Focus Vignale model the screen size increases to 8.0-inches and sat-nav is thrown in, although it’s essentially the same basic menu layout. 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 included in the price. 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.