The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

You can rely on Ford for a medium family car

Starting price: £21,995

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Large touchscreen

Door guards

Interior space

Cons

Cupholders are just odd!

No air vents in the back

Family essentials are additional extras

Intro

The Ford Focus is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the medium category, with its main rival being the VW Golf.  There is quite a large range to choose from depending on your needs.  We drove the mild hybrid Titanium Edition in manual, but you can also opt for the Zetec, Active (which is SUV in style) or the ST.  It’s worth noting, if you opt for the mild hybrid, the starting price is £23,610.

As you would expect from Ford, the Focus is a reliable, comfortable and easy drive and the look is much improved.  Our only quibble was that the gear stick felt quite low down whilst on the move.

Interior

We really liked the interior of the Ford Focus; it is stylish with everything logically laid out and within easy reach.  The 8 inch touchscreen sits nice and high on the dashboard and comes with the usual smartphone integration, allowing you to use your phone’s accessories, a feature we wouldn’t be without.  Whilst the touchscreen is crisp and clear, we did find we had to really press the screen to navigate around, not ideal when time is precious.  The control buttons on the steering wheel are also easy to manipulate and the dual climate control comes as standard on most trims. You can now op for a wireless phone charger for an additional price.

However, if you can wait until February 2022, the “All New Ford Focus” 2022 model comes with a huge 13.2 inch touchscreen! We love a larger screen, making life so much easier and quite simply, it looks fabulous!  There’s also a new “head’s up” display (which you’ll have to pay extra for) similar to Mini, which gives you lots of information about the car (speed, radio etc) at windscreen level.

The mirrors provide great visibility and the Ford Focus comes with front and rear parking sensors as standard.  A rear-view camera is an optional extra in the “Convenience Pack” and will set you back a further £500, however with this you’ll gain door edge protectors. They’re little rubber protectors that are hidden within the door frame and pop out to protect the edge of the door from bumps and scrapes when opened.  No more shouting at the kids to be careful when opening their doors – brilliant!

If a retractable panoramic sunroof is on you “must have” list to lighten up in the interior and keep the baby entertained, you’ll need to select the Active X Edition or pay a whopping £995.00!

Seats & Passenger Space

A real plus with the Ford Focus is the interior space – there’s plenty of it!  Whether it’s an adult, teenager or young child, there is lots of room for everyone.

There are 2 ISOFIX points in the back and 3 child seats fit easily on the rear bench (2 large seats and a smaller booster seat in the centre), however you will have to duck and bend if you have a rear facing baby seat.  Leather is an expensive optional extra if you’re really concerned about any spills or sticky sweets, but you can opt for the slightly cheaper half leather/half fabric version.  The Titanium also comes with heated front seats, a real plus on those winter mornings!  A heated steering wheel, for those cold hands comes in the Active X Edition trim.

If you also require tinted rear windows (privacy glass) to keep out the sun’s glare and want to throw away those flimsy sunshades, then op for the Titanium X Edition trim upwards.

Cups & Cubby

There is enough storage for general everyday family needs.  The glove box is a reasonable size and there’s a small storage tray under the dashboard for phones and keys with a USB port.  Each door bin can just about accommodate a large water bottle, but little else.  There are central cupholders in between the driver and passenger seat, however these are odd in shape.  They can be adjusted by squeezing and sliding a piece of plastic forwards and backwards depending on the size of your cup.  Sounds great in theory, but they’re not very easy to move, especially when you’re dashing on the school run in the morning with that all important coffee!

We also liked the storage nets behind the driver and passenger seats that easily accommodate the essential iPad or colouring book.

Boot Space

The boot is a reasonable size for a medium family car; 375 litres.  Extra space is gained as there is quite a drop down into the boot. Whilst we couldn’t get our pushchair in flat, you can certainly fit school bags and shopping bags around it, but you’ll have to lift up and over the boot entrance.  However, we’re not sure you’d get anything else in once a pram is in place.  There’s no lovely boot button on the key fob or car, so you’ll have to open it by either placing everything on the floor, or growing an extra hand from somewhere!

Summary

To sum up the Ford Focus, it does exactly what it says on the tin.  It is a safe, reliable mid-range family car.  Sadly, there are a number of family essentials that you’ll have to pay extra for or go for a higher trim. However, it is an affordable price, so hopefully these extras won’t go too over your budget.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8 cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5 cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4690 mm (L) x 1820 mm (W) x 1469 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

375 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

36.4-38.5

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 11.4 secs