There’s plenty of room even for tall adults to get comfortable up front, and storage is adequate in most models. The door pockets will take a 1.0-litre bottle, and there are plenty of cubby holes dotted around the cabin.
More expensive trim levels get a raised centre console with a cushioned lid that doubles up as an armrest and lifts to reveal a convenient cubbyhole. It’s too narrow to store even a 500ml bottle, but it conveniently houses the multimedia connections and has a shallow, rubberised removable tray to leave your phone in. These trims also get adjustable cupholders that will take big takeaway mugs.
Ford Focus rear space
The Ford Focus has a bit less headroom than some rivals, such as the VW Golf, and a lot less legroom than the Skoda Octavia, but it will still be comfortable for two average-height adults to sit in – even on long journeys. Anyone stuck in the middle will find the raised tunnel and hard cushion a bit frustrating, though.
There are a couple of shallow storage areas to the side of the seat, but they’re odd shapes and they’re not rubberised, so anything you put in them will rattle around. All models get map pockets on the back of the front seats.
Access to the back seats is fine, if nothing exceptional. The doors could open a touch wider and the roof cuts in a bit more than in boxier-shaped rivals such as the VW Golf, but it’ll still be quite easy to duck into the back seats with a squirming child.
Ford Focus seating flexibility
There’s nothing special about the Focus’s seating flexibility. The rear seats are split 60/40 and are dropped by pressing the release on the outer shoulders of the seatback, and pushing the back down, although they don’t lie totally flat.
Only top-spec versions get height and lumbar adjustment on the front passenger seat; these cannot be added as optional extras on cheaper versions, either.
Ford Focus boot space
Luggage-carrying ability is a little disappointing. There’s no adjustable-height boot floor, nor underfloor storage, there’s a big drop over the fairly high load-lip, and the available space is generally a bit smaller than many rivals’.
It’s certainly a lot smaller than the boots in the Skoda Octavia or Peugeot 308. Still, with the seats folded the load bay is smooth and it is perfectly big enough for a family’s weekly grocery shopping.