Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Familiar Ford dashboard
  • Quality is solid, if not as plush as a Golf’s
  • Easy to get comfortable

The Focus Estate’s dashboard is – unsurprisingly – lifted straight from the hatchback version, so it’s all familiar Ford stuff up front.

That means a solid build overall (but with some harder plastics used further down the interior – with a large infotainment screen sitting proud of the dashboard. Base-spec models aside, it comes with either a 6.5-inch unit or 8.0-inch unit that’s bright and very easy to use with the company’s Sync3 system fitted. It falls within easy reach of the driver, while the instrumentation is clear and easy to read as well.

There’s plenty of room to stretch out in, while the driver’s seat has plenty of adjustment meaning it’s pretty much impossible not to find a good driving position.

The dashboard isn’t the most exciting piece of design, but everything is easy to operate with clear buttons and simple controls, plus there’s a vast amount of storage areas to store odds and ends.

If you want a higher-spec finish inside then you’ll want either an ST-Line with sportier seats and lashings of red stitching, or a luxurious Vignale which has plusher leather seats and a more interesting dash material with contrast stitching and some fake wood.

  • Excellent ride on most models
  • Engines are quiet and refined
  • Easy to get comfy, with plenty of space

Despite the Focus being fun to drive, Ford hasn’t compromised on the car’s comfort levels. In fact, it’s supremely comfortable and one of the best-balanced cars in the class thanks to supple suspension that remains composed over even the worst bumps in the road, while maintaining good body control.

Things only become a little uncomfortable when the car is fitted with larger wheels or the ST-Line’s slightly lower suspension, but even then it’s not unbearable.

The seats are comfy yet supportive on the higher-spec cars with plenty of adjustment, however it’s worth noting that the seat bases may feel a little too short and flat for those with longer legs looking for more support on cars that don’t come with extendable seat bases. You can’t tilt the seat base up, either, even on models with electric seats fitted.

Refinement is good, with only the diesel engines becoming a bit too vocal at higher revs, while there’s a lack of road and wind noise making its way into the cabin.