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Ford Focus: new vs old compared

An all-new Ford Focus has just been revealed, but is it a significant step forward from the outgoing model?

Words By Steve Huntingford

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Ford Focus new vs old – dashboard and driving position

As with the outgoing car, all new Focus models get height adjustment on the driver’s seat as standard, plus a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and rake, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a comfortable driving position.

The interior features more soft-touch materials than before, though, to give is a swankier feel, and for the first time in a Focus, you can have a head-up display that projects your speed and sat-nav instructions onto the windscreen so you don't have to take your eyes off the road.

Ford Focus new vs old – infotainment

Most versions of the current Focus feature a touchscreen infotainment system, but this is set a long way back in the dashboard, whereas the new car's screen is much easier to reach.

The sytem in the new cars is quicker to respond, too, and its menus are more intuitive, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard.

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