2019 Ford Focus Active review - verdict

The Ford Focus Active adds an SUV flavour to the Focus range to boost appeal...

2019 Ford Focus Active hatchback side panning

With prices starting from £21,900 for the 1.0 manual hatchback, the Focus Active massively undercuts its estate-bodied, diesel-only rivals; the Octavia Scout starts from £28,740 and the Golf Alltrack from around £32,000 (2019 model year Alltrack prices are still to be confirmed). Ford claims that, because the Active versions have significantly stronger predicted resale values than the regular Focus models, monthly PCP payments won't be significantly higher, either.

Even the entry-level Active trim is pretty well equipped, too; it's based on Zetec grade but with added luxuries such as keyless start, rear privacy glass and sat-nav. Meanwhile, Active X trim adds 18in alloy wheels, keyless entry, part-leather seats (electrically adjustable for the driver), heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding door mirrors and front and rear parking sensors.

So, what's our conclusion, then? Well, if you're actually going to be getting active, a proper SUV or even a four-wheel-drive Octavia Scout or Golf Alltrack might prove more useful. But for those who just want something fancier parked outside their house, the Focus Active is a much cheaper alternative that's significantly better to drive.

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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Ford Focus Active 1.0 Ecoboost 125 specification

Price £21,900 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol Power 123bhp at 6000rpm Torque 148lb ft at 1400-4500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 10.3sec Top speed 122mph Kerb weight 1322kg (DIN) Economy 44.1-49.6mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 107g/km, 22% (NEDC) Rivals Skoda Octavia Scout, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack