All Focus models get height adjustment on the driver’s seat as standard, and there’s a decent range of fore and aft movement. The steering wheel moves in and out as well as up and down.
Zetec trim gets you more supportive seats that include adjustable lumbar support for greater comfort on longer journeys. Pedal placement is very good, and Zetec S models and up get a central storage area that doubles up as a cushioned armrest.
The Focus’s dashboard isn’t the most intuitive in the class, regardless of which of the various layouts you have (you get different screen and switch layout if you have the 8.0in touch-screen that’s standard on all but base Style trim). All editions have simple air-con switches, but the process to use some of the more complicated functions is much too convoluted.
Ford Focus visibility
Forward visibility out of the Ford Focus is pretty good, even though the chunky pillars and big mirrors can obstruct the view out onto some junctions.
Rear visibility is average at best, though, because the chunky rear pillars and swooping roofline make for a fairly big blind spot.
It’s a shame, then, that rear parking sensors are optional on all editions apart from the range-topping Titanium, Titanium X and ST-3 models. A blind-spot warning system and an automatic parking system that will steer the car into perpendicular or parallel spaces are available as options on high-end versions.
Ford Focus infotainment
Every Focus offers generous infotainment equipment; even the base Style version gets a USB input, a CD player, DAB radio, Bluetooth, voice control, audio controls on the steering wheel and a 4.2in colour screen.
Although the dashboard isn’t too button-heavy, the infotainment set-up is a bit complicated; it’s operated through a combination of a toggle switch that allows you to flip through tiered menus, and also four shortcut buttons that have different functions depending on which screen you’re in.
You can add the 8.0in colour touchscreen as an option on Style models, but all other trims get it as standard. You will have to pay a bit extra to add sat-nav to all models, though.
Ford Focus build quality
Interior quality in the Focus is not up there with the likes of the Audi A3, which sets the benchmark in this area for the family hatchback class, but it is perfectly acceptable given the pricing of the car.
The dash is finished with matt, soft-touch plastics, and the switches and indicator stalks are mostly well-damped. It’s just a shame that touches such as the fairly cheap-feeling air-vent flow switches, some sharp edges around the seat adjustment controls, and some harsh-feeling materials on the door trims give away the cost-cutting.
Overall it’s perfectly adequate, but rivals such as the Skoda Octavia give you a better-feeling interior for the same sort of price.