2018 Ford Focus

Interior


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2018 Ford Focus Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The interior of the 2018 Ford Focus is fitting for this price point, with comfortable front seats and a clean design. From the layout of the knobs, to the infotainment interface, the Focus is user-friendly. Some lower grade materials and a small cargo space in most trims hinder its appeal.

  • "The Focus sedan's compliant ride and quiet cabin make it a segment favorite for relaxed cruising. The hard door armrests (with perfunctory fabric trim) detract from the experience, but this is still one of the most comfortable cars in its price range – for front passengers, at least." -- 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 Focus has room for five people. It comes standard with cloth seats and offers upgrades such as Recaro leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-trimmed shift knob.

The front seats are comfortable enough for a full day on the road. The cushions are supportive and there's a nice amount of room, but some aspects (like the armrests) feel low quality. In the rear, limited legroom and a narrow back seat create cramped quarters for adults, but kids should be fine.

Caregivers can install a child safety seat into any of the three seating positions in the back. There are two sets of lower anchors (which can also be used for the middle seat) and three tether anchors. The hardware is mostly user-friendly, though the lower anchors are recessed deep in the seat cushions and can be somewhat challenging to access.

  • "The front seats are rather nondescript but prove supportive in regular use, even on longer trips. The thinly padded armrests are disappointing. The rear seats themselves are pleasant enough, but there's a shortage of rear legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, the Focus' rear-seat head- and legroom are now surpassed by a number of newer competitors." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "There's sufficient space up front, but the rear seats are lacking in legroom compared to some competitors." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the Focus is composed of Ford's SYNC system, a 4.2-inch infotainment display, two USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition, a four-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Available features include the SYNC 3 interface with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, several sound system options (including a 10-speaker Sony sound system), voice-activated navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a keyless entry keypad, a proximity key, push-button start, cruise control, and one-touch up/down power for all windows. Available advanced safety features include active park assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning.

The base trim comes with a decent set of technology features, but it doesn't have cruise control or power windows in the back seat. Out of the two infotainment systems, the upgraded SYNC 3 interface is far superior. Its larger display is a touch screen that recognizes commonly used gestures (like pinching and swiping), and its included App Link software can connect with iOS devices to display your favorite apps.

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  • "Most controls fall readily to hand. We like the air flow interface's human pictogram, but many buttons look the same. The central display screen is exceptionally small, though still legible. It's functional but a bit behind the times." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford consistently improves its Sync infotainment system and the 2017 Focus is equipped with the latest and greatest version. … It's much better than the version it replaced, which was marred by too-small alphanumerics and latent response." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Cargo

The Focus sedan has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is smaller than average for a compact car. Most of the Focus hatchback trims come with 23.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 43.9 cubic feet overall with the available 60/40 split rear seats folded down. Cargo space in the ST Hatch is about the same, while the storage area in the RS Hatch is 19.9 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 43.8 cubic feet overall. Dimensions drop to 14.2 cubic feet behind the seats and 33.2 cubic feet overall for the hatchback-style Focus Electric.

  • "The rear seatbacks fold flat, but the pass-through could be more generous. Interior storage is so-so; you'll find a place to stash your phone, but Ford doesn't make it easy." -- Edmunds
  • "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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