Ford Focus new vs old – space and practicality
Boot space is one of the outgoing hatchback's weaknesses, with its 363-litre capacity with a tyre repair kit (316 litres with a space-saver spare wheel) falling short of most rivals', but the new car has a more competitive 375 litres; a Volkswagen Golf gives you 380 litres, for example, and a Vauxhall Astra 370 litres.
The estate's boot, meanwhile, has grown from 490 litres to 608 litres, and the opening is now wide enough to take a dog-carrying crate.
Passenger space should also be improved in both the hatchback and the estate, because the front and rear axles are set farther apart on the new Focus. Ford claims an extra 56mm of rear knee room, although we're yet to confirm this for ourselves.
Ford Focus new vs old – costs and equipment
Ford has cut the entry-level price of the Focus by more than £2000, with the new car going on sale for £17,930. Good discounts and tempting finance deals should also be a given and while the trim line-up is likely to remain unchaged, the cheapest Style model gains alloy wheels.
The sporty ST-Line trim, meanwhile, is expected to be the biggest seller, bringing a lowered ride height, more aggressive exterior styling, carbonfibre-effect trim and red stitching. Top-end Vignale models start from £25,450 and bring luxuries including LED lighting, a heated steering wheel and a rear-view camera to aid parking.
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