Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Excellent passenger room
  • Unimpressive boot space
  • Average storage space in the front

The Focus boasts an excellent amount of space for four passengers, with an adequate amount for a fifth, too – it's roomier than a Volkswagen Golf, for example. Those in the back seats have little to complain about, thanks to generous amounts of legroom, making the Focus one of the most spacious cars in its class. Shoulder room is also excellent and there’s enough room for an average-sized adult in the middle seat.

What’s also pleasing is that the view from the back seats is good, unlike alternatives such as the Toyota Corolla.

Boot space and storage 

The boot is a useful shape, with minimal intrusion from the wheel housings. However, there is a small lip from the entrance of the boot to the boot floor, so bear this in mind when loading heavy items. Folded down in their standard 60:40 split, the rear seats sit almost flat and enable long items to be slid forwards with relative ease.

With the rear seats in place the Focus falls just shy of the Golf’s luggage capacity. Even with the seats folded down, it’s still some way off the cavernous Skoda Octavia.

Stowage space isn’t as generous. Both the glovebox and central armrest could be larger and there are no neat or clever storage solutions. Still, deceptively large door pockets and well-placed central cupholders go some way to making up for it.

Is it easy to park?

The Ford Focus doesn’t feel that big when out on the road. Forward visibility is ample, although the chunky rear pillars are more than capable of obscuring a pedestrian or lamp post. Front and rear parking sensors have since been made standard on all versions, while a rear-view camera is optional on most.

Choose the automatic gearbox and the Focus can also be had with an updated version of its automatic parking technology, Active Park Assist 2 (manual versions get regular Active Park Assist), which allows the vehicle to scan for a space and theoretically park itself with minimal input from the driver.

View dimensions in the Ford Focus specs pages

Safety

  • Five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Two Isofix points as standard
  • Plenty of safety technology on offer

The Ford Focus is available with a range of safety technology designed to keep the car out of harm’s way and protect the driver. Its safety credentials have been validated by Euro NCAP, which rated it as a five-star car when it was tested in summer 2018 and then retested in 2019.

Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection technology is standard-fit on all models and can detect people in or near the road ahead, or if they’re about to cross the road in front of the car. If it detects a potential collision, the driver is warned, then the brakes are automatically applied.

The adaptive LED headlights found on high-spec models are quite slick, as they look like they actively pivot light around objects, rather than simply lighting up and dimming clusters accordingly.

Other safety technology on the Focus includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (above) is standard on ST and optional on all models
  • Evasive Steering Assist, that steers around a stationary or slower-moving vehicle if the car detects that a collision is imminent
  • Blindspot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, warns drivers  if another vehicle is approaching when reversing out of a space
  • Adaptive front lighting – capable of adjusting the light beam to give better visibility through corners and when coming up to junctions
  • Post-collision braking, where the brakes are automatically applied after an impact

WATCH: Ford Focus Hatchback Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Traction control

Active Edition equipment

Active Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Active Edition optional equipment
None available

Active X Edition equipment

Active X Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Active X Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Roof rails

ST equipment

ST standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats

ST Edition equipment

ST Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
ST-Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

ST-Line Edition equipment

ST-Line Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
ST-Line Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST-Line X optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Traction control

ST-Line X Edition equipment

ST-Line X Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
ST-Line X Edition optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Style equipment

Style standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
Style optional equipment
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Titanium optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Traction control

Titanium Edition equipment

Titanium Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Titanium Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Titanium X equipment

Titanium X standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Titanium X optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Traction control

Titanium X Edition equipment

Titanium X Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Titanium X Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Partial leather seat trim

Vignale Edition equipment

Vignale Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Vignale Edition optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Zetec optional equipment
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

Zetec Edition equipment

Zetec Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Zetec Edition optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Focus 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.