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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Rated five stars by Euro NCAP
  • Active City Stop reduces insurance costs
  • Extra surety of all-wheel drive for RS

Ford Focus: will my Isofix child seats fit?

Ford Focus safety is a key concern for a lot of car buyers and the good news is that it has been given the full five stars for crash protection by the independent experts, Euro NCAP, which specialises in assessing cars’ crash protection.

The Focus is fitted with several crash-protection features as standard including driver’s, passenger and side airbags. The inclusion of stability control and Isofix child-seat fittings as standard is to be applauded, but if safety is your priority you can specify the Driver Assistance Pack that includes blindspot warning, lane-keeping assist that steers you between the white lines, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam headlights.

It’s worth noting that Active City Stop can have a positive effect by reducing your insurance premiums, as it massively reduces the chances of running into something or someone at lower speeds.

Active Park Assist provides driver help when attempting parallel parking. It’s activated at the push of the button and measures any gaps to see if the Focus will fit in. Having found a parking space, the car will then provide instructions with audio prompts and on the heads-up display. The car does the steering leaving the driver to control the throttle and clutch. It’s not perfect but some Ford Focus owners find this very useful.

The high-speed Focus RS features a couple of additional safety elements: all-wheel drive enhances traction at low speeds, in spite of the handling histrionics introduced in some of its racier driving modes, and bi-xenon headlamps are included, too, for safer night-time driving.

  • Boot space is reasonable, not class-leading
  • Cabin isn’t the most spacious
  • Door-edge protectors invaluable

Will the Ford Focus fit in my garage?

This generation Ford Focus is longer than its predecessor, and while it’s a few millimetres narrower on the outside, extra width’s been liberated inside the cabin allowing for more shoulder room, boosting the car’s versatility and practicality.

Legroom front and rear is ample, although the lower roofline does hamper headroom for taller passengers on the back bench.

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One really useful feature is disappointingly optional: door edge protectors pop out and wrap around the outer edge of the doors providing a rubbery shield to protect your paintwork – invaluable if you have kids and a narrow driveway.

Will my family fit in a Ford Focus?

The boot is reasonable at 316 litres, but with all the rear seats down you’ll get 1,215 litres at your disposal. It’s not as good as a VW Golf (380 litres with rear seats up and 1,270 with rear seats down) or a Vauxhall Astra (370 litres and 1,210 litres).

Be aware that if you choose a Focus RS, its all-wheel drive system impinges on boot space thanks to the mechanical gubbins under the floor, reducing capacity to 260 litres seats-up, 1,045 litres when folded.

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Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Focus Hatchback (11-18).

  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel

Edge equipment

Edge standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Edge optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support

Edition equipment

Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel

Heritage equipment

Heritage standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Heritage optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel

Red Edition equipment

Red Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Red Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel

ST Line equipment

ST Line standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST Line optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav

ST-1 equipment

ST-1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST-1 optional equipment
None available

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST-Line optional equipment
None available

ST-Line Black equipment

ST-Line Black standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST-Line Black optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-Line Red equipment

ST-Line Red standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST-Line Red optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ST-Line X optional equipment
None available

Studio equipment

Studio standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
Studio optional equipment
None available

Style equipment

Style standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Style optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Titanium optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Titanium Navigator equipment

Titanium Navigator standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Titanium Navigator optional equipment
None available

Titanium X equipment

Titanium X standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Titanium X optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Titanium X Navigator equipment

Titanium X Navigator standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Titanium X Navigator optional equipment
None available

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav

Zetec Edition equipment

Zetec Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec Edition optional equipment
None available

Zetec Navigator equipment

Zetec Navigator standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec Navigator optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Zetec S equipment

Zetec S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec S optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Zetec S Black equipment

Zetec S Black standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec S Black optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Zetec S Red equipment

Zetec S Red standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Zetec S Red optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Focus Hatchback (11-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 71%

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.