Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Spacious interior impresses
  • Generous rear-seat space
  • Well-shaped boot with good access

The regular Focus hatch already impresses with its interior space, and luckily the Active goes unchanged in this regard. If anything, it’s better, as the slight rise in ride height means you don’t have quite as far to lower yourself into the car. However, this is only really noticeable next to a lowered ST-Line – it’s still just a hatchback.

That said, once you’re inside, you’re unlikely to be wanting for room, whether that’s in the front or the back. There’s a good amount of adjustment in the seats, but some may find you sit a little too high when driving, and that the seat base isn’t quite long enough to properly support your legs. However, there’s a good amount of storage both between the seats or ahead of the gearlever in the form of shallow trays, and some large door bins as well.

In the back, legroom is impressive even with a taller driver in the front, although the rear door slopes quite a lot which impedes access more than you’d find when getting into a Volkswagen Golf or Kia Ceed. Once you’re in there’s plenty of space, although cars with a panoramic roof really brighten things up inside – it can feel a little dark and claustrophobic in the back of some models with darker headlining.

In the boot, there’s 341 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, although models with a mini spare wheel and B&O sound system upgrade offer less room at 273 litres. Fold the seats down and up to 1,320 litres of load space is available up to the roof. It’s worth noting that the seats don’t fold completely flat, but thankfully the loading lip is low, and the tailgate itself wide enough for most without too much intrusion.

How safe is the Focus Active?

  • Euro NCAP score shared with the regular Focus
  • That means a five-star rating
  • More safety kit available at extra cost

As standard, the Focus Active comes with a pre-collision warning system and autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection) that helps contribute to its five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. All models also come with lane-keeping aid with lane-keeping alert and a post-collision braking system that stops you being shunted into cars in front if you get rear-ended.

More useful features like auto lights and wipers come further up the range to make life a little easier on the road, while brighter LED headlamps are only standard on Active X Vignale cars. They’re optional on lower-spec cars, and we’d certainly recommend them. The standard-fit halogen items are really quite dim compared with the sharper LEDs that light up more of the road. As a result, night driving is a little less tiring. Adaptive LEDs are also available.

A blindspot monitoring system comes at extra cost on all Active models, and also includes cross-traffic alert with active braking. Finally, a Driver Assistance Pack throws in traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam and adaptive cruise control. The latter feature includes lane-centring assist and automatic stop and go on cars with automatic transmissions.  

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Focus Active Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Roof rails
Active optional equipment
None available

Active X equipment

Active X standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
Active X optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Focus Active Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 75%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.