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2017 Ford Focus Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Focus was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Critics praise the 2017 Ford Focus' interior for its stylish designs, superior interior materials, and respectable fit and finish. Seating is quite accommodating for those in the front, especially on extended trips. Back-seat passengers, on the other hand, will find legroom tight. The standard audio setup will do just fine, but upgrading to the SYNC3 infotainment system opens up greater functionality, like smartphone connectivity. Both the hatchback and sedan body styles offer below-average cargo space.

  • "Inside, the 2017 Ford Focus ST boasts a handsome cabin. Both construction and materials quality are top-notch." -- Edmunds
  • "There's a sophisticated vibe that's far from common in this segment, with high-quality materials and a sleek, contemporary dashboard design." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • With expensive-feeling materials, the Focus boasts the look of a more expensive car, but it's not the roomiest in its class." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

The 2017 Focus seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Seating options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a front-seat center armrest with storage, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat center armrest, and Recaro sport seats in performance trims.

There's plenty of space in the front seats. Seats are ergonomic and well-cushioned, providing decent support for lengthy commutes and road trips. The rear seats are a different story. Limited legroom means long-ride comfort doesn't extend to those in the back. For installing car seats, the Focus has two complete sets of LATCH anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat.

  • Up front, the seats offer good support and comfort even on long drives. In back, though, the limited legroom doesn't measure up to many competing models." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Material choice and observed fit-and-finish on these early-run cars was very good, as was seat comfort." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • There's sufficient space up front, but the rear seats are lacking in legroom compared to some competitors." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features include a rearview camera and Ford's SYNC infotainment system, which features a four-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch display, voice recognition, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Power windows come standard for front-seat passengers, but in the base S trim, the rear seats come standard with crank windows. Power rear windows are standard in all trims above the base S trim.

Available options include satellite radio, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, the SYNC3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, remote start, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, and MyFord Mobile. If you want to upgrade from the standard four speakers, you have several audio systems to choose from, including a six-speaker setup and two Sony systems with nine or 10 speakers.

The standard infotainment system uses a 4.2-inch display, which is adequate. The available 8-inch version is not only larger, but its SYNC3 interface is also simpler than the previous MyFord Touch system, making it the preferable choice over the standard setup. It features a wide array of smartphone connectivity functions, like Siri Eyes Free. Driver assistance features – like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and high beam assist – are available in the 2017 Focus.

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  • "You can get by with the standard 4.2-inch display, but the 8-inch touchscreen upgrade is worth getting. It's easy to use and includes the latest smartphone app integration systems." -- Edmunds
  • "The RS will also have the latest version of the company's SYNC infotainment system. It's much better than the outgoing one." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Some active safety features that were once exclusive to premium cars are finding their way into mainstream vehicles, and the Ford Focus is a prime example." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

In sedan form, the 2017 Focus boasts 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is just below average for the class. Hatchback cargo room also lags behind the competition, offering 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 43.9 cubic feet when you collapse the 60/40 split folding seats.

ST models have similar capacities to the regular hatchback, but RS models have only 19.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 43.8 cubes. Electric models are the most limited. Cargo space starts at 14.2 cubic feet and climbs to 33.2 cubic feet. Small-item storage is impressive; there’s a place to put your phone that’s equipped with a standard USB port for charging.

  • Out back, when you start packing your luggage into the trunk, the Focus is a bit closer to average. The Focus sedan checks in with 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is about 2 cubic feet shy of class leaders." -- Edmunds
  • "Opt for the Focus' versatile hatchback bodystyle, and cargo space is ample." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2015 Ford Focus comes with a host of interior upgrades to enhance usability. For example, there's now a small cubby and USB port ahead of the shifter, perfect for your phone." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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