Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There are lots of storage spaces dotted around, including a couple of cupholders and trays for your phone in the centre console. The glovebox and front door bins aren’t especially generous, though.
Once, a shortage of rear space was was the Focus’s Achilles heel, but that's no longer the case. Indeed, the latest version has even more leg room than the voluminous Octavia, so a six-footer can easily fit behind a similar-sized driver.
True, the Focus has slightly less rear head room, but it’s more practical for three in the back, thanks to its much lower central tunnel that affords the middle passenger extra foot space.
Where fitted, the panoramic sunroof eats into head room, so, if you fancy one of these but you regularly transport lofty rear passengers, make sure you try before you buy.
Seat folding and flexibility
Only ST-Line X models and above offer passenger seat lumbar and height adjustment as standard. On lower trim levels, we recommend paying the relatively small charge for the optional Comfort seats. These grant your passengers 18-way manual seat adjustment and include a tilting and extendable seat squab for better under-thigh support.
The rear seats split and fold in a 60/40 arrangement as standard, but, unlike some of the Focus's rivals, there are no handy release levers by the tailgate entrance. Instead, you have to open the rear doors to use the release levers you'll find on top of the seatbacks; a nuisance if you have your hands full.
While it's no Wookey Hole – or Skoda Octavia, for that matter – in terms of cavernousness, the Focus’s boot is as usable and voluminous as the Volkswagen Golf’s. There’s a little lip at its edge to heave items over, but its square shape and decent proportions will still hold a large pram or up to six carry-on suitcases. We just wish a height adjustable boot floor was available to lessen the load lip.
Be aware of one little idiosyncrasy, though. If you order the B&O Play sound system (this is standard with the Vignale model) you’ll find that its subwoofer takes up a chunk of space under the boot floor. This makes the boot slightly shallower and prevents you from adding the variable-height boot floor.