Ford Focus review – interior and tech

The last Focus’s interior was a major low point, but the new cabin is smart and functional, if not exactly glamorous

Evo rating
  • Classic Focus ‘togetherness’ in the ride and handling; much better interior and ergonomics too
  • Less clarity to the steering than the old model, odd styling

If there was a fundamental wrongdoing in the last Focus, many would say it was the interior. Not only was it poorly made and full of bad plastics, but it was also an ergonomic nightmare. The dashboard itself was vast, making you feel like you were peering over a sea of mismatched plastics and a quite terrible infotainment screen that was a pain to use.

The seats were also too high, the gearstick awkwardly placed and the handbrake, well that was just plain awful, so it’s good to see that like the exterior, the interior has been completely redesigned.

If you’ve sat in a new Fiesta, you’ll be instantly at home in the Focus. The dashboard is now much lower and classically proportioned. In front of the driver is a clear, clean set of dials, with a small colour screen mounted between on higher-specification models. The simple dash layout now logically groups all the controls where you would expect them to be, while the dash top-mounted 8-inch screen is clear, logical and nicer to use than many rivals.

Of more importance to us however is the driving position, which is lower and more adjustable than before. You can get the wheel right to your chest in a way you just couldn’t in the previous model, and with the bulbous dash no longer in your way visibility is improved and there’s a more open sense of interior space.

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