The interior of the Focus is neat, with fewer buttons than its predecessor, an 8.0-inch high-resolution screen in all models, and SYNC3 connectivity. A great feature is the easy and effective voice control of the sat-nav.
The driving position is comfortable, with height and reach wheel adjustment, and vision out is good all round. A range of functions can be controlled from the steering wheel.
Two cupholders ahead of the covered centre console provide space for odds and ends in the Focus, as does a smaller binnacle alongside the driver’s left knee.
Seats on the Trends are flat but comfortable. Sports and Titaniums get seats with better side support, which improves long-distance comfort.
The Recaro seats on the ST and RS have large side bolsters, to hold you in place around corners. Such seats can be uncomfortable for some people, but these examples fit a broad spectrum of body sizes.
Around town, the Trend, Sport and Titanium are easy cars to drive, with light but responsive steering, an agile feel, and quiet, powerful engines. At freeway speeds, there is some roaring from the tyres.
Trend versions deliver the most supple ride. Among popular small cars, the ride in Sport and Titanium models is on the firm side of typical.
The sporty ST feels very stiff, and can jar you over small bumps.
The RS is stiffer again. As reviewer David Morley observed in the December 2016 issue of Motor magazine, over rough stuff the RS “feels like a prizefighter just before the bell for round one, bobbing up and down on the balls of its feet … And like a boxer, it seems pretty keen to beat you to a pulp if you don’t dodge the lumpy, knuckly bits.”