The new Focus’ interior has also been tweaked, with a slightly simpler layout than the outgoing model. Ford mentioned that they have taken feedback from owners when redesigning the interior, and it shows. On the whole, the layout is more intuitive, with less buttons to confuse new owners, and the available icons are easy to discern. Despite the changes, the front fascia remains unmistakably Ford.
The most prominent feature of the centre console is its eight-inch touchscreen, which performs a myriad of functions generally expected of a modern car. It displays the navigation, rear camera, climate control, audio, SYNC2 connectivity and feedback, and custom functions.
Its front seats are ergonomically sculpted, as are the steering wheel and stalks. I took very little time to get used to operating the vehicle, as most of the necessary controls are within reach of my fingers.
In terms of comfort, additional sound dampening improvements have been made to ensure the car rides quieter. In Ford’s presentation to us, the car has been generously dressed with sound insulation tweaks: thicker windshield glass, side-window glass, carpets, as well as increased insulation in the engine, door trims, boot liftgate margin, and front wheel arch liner.
Also, I would say that it feels better sitting in the incoming Focus than the Mk VII Golf TSI, which is already pretty good. Rear legroom is adequate, as befitting a hatchback, but don’t expect much comfort from the rear seats of a hatch (which can accommodate up to three passengers).