The Ambiente is the least expensive Focus, and it rolls on 16-inch wheels made of steel.
Spend more for the popular Trend and you get the bigger, 2.0-litre engine, and more stylish aluminium alloy wheels that are also lighter, for better roadholding. The Trend’s wipers operate automatically when rain hits the windscreen, and its headlamps switch on automatically at night. Dual-zone air-conditioning allows different temperatures to be set for the left and right sides of the car.
On the Focus Sport, the wheels grow to 17 inches and the tyres are slightly wider. There is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, smart key entry (you can open the car by pushing a button on the door handle, provided the key is nearby), satellite navigation, and a reversing camera. Ambient interior lighting produces a subtle red glow at night.
The Titanium brings leather trim, a power-adjusted driver’s seat, and a sunroof. Wheels grow again to 18 inches, and the tyres become significantly wider and lower in profile, sharpening steering response and improving grip. Front parking sensors are added, along with a semi-automated parking system that can measure a parking spot and steer the car into it. An auto transmission is standard.
And option on the Titanium is a Sports Executive Pack that includes active cruise control, which matches your speed to that of a slower car in front, and Active City Stop, a form of automatic emergency braking that works at speeds up to 30km/h.
The sporty Focus ST comes with the turbocharged petrol engine, grippier tyres, and firmer suspension for more stable handling. Its front seats are made by Recaro, a specialist known for body-hugging racing seats. Headlamps are brighter, using HID bulbs. The Unlike the Titanium, the ST does not have a sunroof.
The ST is the first variant to arrive of a freshened Focus range, and among its improvements is a more appealing and effective dashboard that displays the sat-nav on an 8.0-inch touchscreen. It also has Ford’s Sync2 connectivity, which allows voice control of the sound, navigation and air-con, and your phone.
An optional Technology Pack available only with the ST includes headlamps that dip automatically for oncoming drivers, an alert that warns when changing lanes if a car is alongside in a blind spot, and another that warns if you are drifting out of your lane. And there is Active City Stop, which brings low-speed automatic emergency braking.