Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Eco mode
  • Ford SYNC 3 nav system with DAB radio, 8" colour touch screen, voice control, app link, Apple car play/Android auto and 4.2" TFT coloured cluster
  • Lane keeping aid with lane departure warning
  • PAS
  • Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Selectable drive modes with slippery and trail mode
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • Aux input

Exterior Features

  • 'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
  • Active branded scuff plates
  • Active front and rear bumper with unique upper and lower grille
  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • Black painted roof and mirror caps
  • Black roof rails
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing
  • Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
  • Halogen reflector headlamps
  • Heated rear window
  • LED daytime running lamp
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Tailgate wash/wipe
  • Twin exhaust tailpipes
  • Unique skid plates and side rocker mouldings

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke leather trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio controls
  • 60/40 split back and cushion rear seats with 2 height adjustable headrests
  • Active front floor mats
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Cloth upholstery with blue stitching
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Driver's seat manual height adjust
  • Gear lever gaiter ring with blue stitching
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre headrest

Safety

  • ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Auto hold function
  • Driver airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • MyKey system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Post collision braking
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button
  • Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Wheels

  • 17" 5 spoke aluminium painted alloy wheels
  • Mini steel spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

93

HC

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

80.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

85.6

EC Urban (mpg)

72.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

120

Based On ID

Coin Description

EcoBlue 120

Coin Series

Active

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

14E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

1

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

85

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

87

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

72

NCAP Safety Assist %

75

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

18000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

120

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

150000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.8

Engine Power - BHP

120

Engine Power - KW

88

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Top Speed

119

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Weight and Capacities

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

If what you really want is an SUV, you'll dismiss the Focus Active as a piece of marketing frippery. But if you're looking for a family hatch, but you'd actually like a slightly more adventurous-looking one, it may be right up your street. OK, so you don't get 4WD - but then hardly any small or mid-sized SUV provides that either. The same could be said of a requirement for a raised driving position - though this car's 30mm ride height increase does provide a little of what you might look for in that regard. Overall, it depends what you want. If what you really want is a Focus, this is one that'll give you a bit of extra peace of mind the next time a snowy or icy snap strikes, thanks to the extra traction afforded by its 'Slippery' and 'Trail' driving modes. And it'll fit in nicely on the school run too.

Background

The rise and rise of the SUV market shows no sign of slowing down. But not everyone is convinced by the idea of the Crossover class of car. Do you really need something with Jeep-like styling to complete the school run or commute through the suburbs to work? Probably not. It's difficult though, not to be attracted by the idea of a car that sits you a little higher than the traffic around you. And one that looks as if it might occasionally venture from the beaten track. The concept of delivering this for customers who don't want to make a complete switch to a fully-fledged SUV is what has driven Ford to create its range of 'Active' KA+, Fiesta and Focus models. We're going to check out what the Focus Active has to offer here.

Driving Experience

It's easy to dismiss cars like this as purely marketing packaging exercises - and some of them are. At least with the Focus Active though, Ford has made some sort of effort to provide drive dynamics that, to some extent anyway, deliver on the promises of the 'hatchback with a backpack' styling approach. The Focus Active chassis features unique springs, dampers, stabiliser bars, and front and rear knuckle geometries, alongside a ride height raised 30mm front and 34mm rear over the standard model. The SLA system aims to optimise comfort and response, and features an isolated sub frame that delivers better compliance over larger bumps in the road, for smoother journeys. There's also a selectable drive mode system, with two settings; a 'Slippery' mode which adjusts ESC and traction control settings for increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as mud, snow and ice. And a 'Trail' mode, which helps maintain momentum on soft surfaces such as sand. Engine-wise, there are three options. Petrol people choose between a 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cycle engine. Or a 1.5-litre 150PS EcoBoost unit. Plus there's also a 120PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel. An 8-speed auto gearbox is optional.

Design and Build

Buyers choose between five-door hatch or estate body styles. Either way, you'll recognise this Active model by its 30mm raised ride height. And maybe also by its black painted finish for the roof and mirror caps. Black roof rails are standard and the base models get 17-inch 5-spoke 'Foundry Black' painted alloy wheels. Plusher 'Active X' derivatives swap these for 18-inch 5x2-spoke 'Absolute Black' painted rims. Rear privacy glass, along with unique skid plates and side rocker mouldings also feature as do twin exhaust pipes. So there's plenty of pavement theatre to suggest an active lifestyle. Inside, there are fewer changes with these Active variants, though you do get blue-stitched upholstery and branded door scuff plates. Otherwise, you'll appreciate the higher quality interior delivered by this much improved Focus design. Up-front, it all feels of really decent quality and shoulder room is impressive. There's plenty of space in the back too and little touches help; the rear doors for instance have been specially profiled so that back passengers can see out more easily. There's very reasonable levels of boot space too. In the estate version, there's a class-leading 1.14m of width between the wheel arches and 1,700mm of load length with the rear seats folded. That means 1,650-litres of carriage capacity.

Market and Model

'Active' versions of this Focus are priced at the same level as the sporty 'ST-Line' derivatives, which means that prices start from around £22,000. That's for the five-door hatch version: as usual with Ford, there's an £1,100 premium to pay if you want an estate. And you can have an 8-speed auto gearbox for £1,450 more with all three engines, the 1.0-litre 125PS unit, the 1.5-litre 150PS version and the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel. There are two trim options, standard 'Active' or, for £2,500 more, 'Active X'. As well as all the features we've mentioned in our 'Design & Build' section, standard 'Active' variants get LED front fog lamps, selectable drive modes with 'Slippery' and 'Trail' settings and a navigation system built into the 'SYNC3' centre-dash infotainment screen. Anything that can't tell you will probably be covered off by the 4.2-inch colour screen provided in the instrument cluster. There's also keyless start and all-round parking sensors are an affordable option. To this tally, the plusher 'Active X' models add a panorama glass roof, power-folding mirrors, all-round parking sensors, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers. Inside, there's partial-leather upholstery, an auto-dipping rear view mirror, dual zone climate control, heated front seats and power adjustment for the driver's chair.

Cost of Ownership

Ford has managed to create the Active package in a way that has very little effect on running cost efficiency. So the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in this car manages 44.1-49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 107g/km of CO2 in manual form (126g/km as an auto). The 150PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit manages 41.5-46.3mpg and 121g/km as a manual (133g/km as an auto). And the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel variant manages 55.4-62.8mpg and 93g/km in manual form (or 49.6-54.3mpg / 110g/km as an automatic). All the stats we've just given you are based on a five-door hatch standard-spec variant (you'll do marginally worse with the estate). And are WLTP-cycle figures converted back to the old NEDC cycle. The relatively light platform this generation Focus rides upon helps these stats. As does the standard 'Active Grille Shutter' system that closes a flap in the front gill to reduce drag at speed. Plus there's clever 'Air Curtain' technology that guides airflow across the front wheels in a way that reduces turbulence. What else? Well we'll tell you about servicing, which on all engines is required every two years or 18,000 miles - whichever comes first. Two pre-paid servicing plans are available; one that costs £340 and covers you for two years and two services; and another that costs £550, is transferrable to future owners and covers three years and three services. Maintenance bookings can be done online through the 'My Ford' portal.