‘Twenty-five years ago this car would have seemed mad. SUVs are now so popular that manufacturers are turning their standard hatchbacks into them too.’
The ‘All-New’Ford Focus Active is a jacked-up version of the standard Focus. It’s just as economical and a bit more comfortable to drive but it costs more and feels no different inside.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
You’ll find the Ford Focus Active irons out bumps better than the standard Focus. This is thanks to its taller tyres and clever suspension. The flip-side of this is that the Active doesn’t feel quite as nimble as the sportier ST-Line Focus. It’s still really good fun to drive when you’re on those twisty country roads.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE?
If you’re hoping for a few more SUV-inspired details inside, you might be a bit disappointed. The Ford Focus Active’s cabin looks pretty much identical to the standard Focus in Zetec trim.
HOW PRACTICAL IS IT?
The Ford Focus Active’s five seats are fair comfortable. Even the central rear seat comes with a good amount of padding so you can carry three adults in the back at once. There’s plenty of space in the Ford Focus Active’s boot for luggage. Although it’s not easy to load thanks to a pretty sizeable load lip.
‘The Ford Focus Active is a Focus that’s been made to look more like an SUV. It also comes as a more practical estate’
The Focus Active is based on the practical, fun-to-drive Focus hatchback, but adds a few black plastic bumper trims and some raised suspension to turn it into SUV style car that’s still affordable to buy and good fun to drive.
If you like the way the standard Ford Focus looks but wish it had more in the way of chunky details, you’ll love the Ford Focus Active. From the front, you’ll notice a thick black plastic trim running below the grille like a well-trimmed beard. There’s also a selection of silver contrasting trims which are supposed to look like the metal skid-plates you’ll see on rough-and-ready off-roaders.
It also comes with some black plastic beneath the doors and it’s a smidge taller (30mm to be exact) than the standard Focus. This is thanks to some bigger tyres, raised suspension and a set of standard roof rails.
If you’re hoping for a few more SUV-inspired details inside, you might be a bit disappointed. The Ford Focus Active’s cabin looks pretty much identical to the standard Focus in Zetec trim. You do get a few shiny plastic trims, a fair few soft-touch materials and a set of clear, intuitive knobs and dials beneath a touchscreen.
This display is pretty easy to use and looks nice too. It isn’t quite as flashy as the more modern systems you’ll find in the space-age Mercedes A-Class.
The Ford Focus Active doesn’t just look like the standard car inside, it feels just as roomy, too. You’ll have plenty of space to stretch out in the front and there’s room left over in the back for a couple of tall adults in the back too. Even if you drive in a more recline position like I do.
There’s plenty of space in the Ford Focus Active’s boot for luggage. Although it’s not particularly easy to load thanks to a pretty sizeable load lip.
If lugging heavy loads sounds like something you’ll do regularly, you’ll want to consider one of the Ford Focus Active’s 120hp and 150hp diesel engines. These are also good if you’re doing plenty of long journeys. If pottering around town is more your thing, one of the two petrol units will be more suitable.
On the subject of driving in town, you’ll find the Ford Focus Active irons out bumps better than the standard Focus. This is thanks to its taller tyres and clever suspension.
The flip-side of this is that the Active doesn’t feel quite as nimble as the sportier ST-Line Focus. It’s still really good fun to drive when you’re on those twisty country roads.
If you don’t mind paying a little extra for a few options, the Ford Focus Active makes a very capable family hatchback that’s fun to drive, economical and more comfortable than most alternatives.
I have teamed up with the awesome people at Evans Halshaw Ford at Batley, near Leeds, who kindly invited to test drive the ‘All-New’ Ford Focus Active for the week. It was barely run in. Well, until I got my hands on it anyway. I really wanted to drive this car. Mainly to see whether or not this is a crossover that actually makes sense. So when this opportunity came along, I was only to happy to say yes.
Sure, it won’t appeal to crossover buyers who prioritise a lofty driving position but as a jacked-up, tougher version of the most convincing car in the Ford stable, it represents good value compared to a normal crossover of this size. What’s not to like?
And that’s my verdict right there. If you can be tempted down from a loftier driving position and need a crossover for a little extra peace of mind, rather than actual off-road purposes. The Focus Active is one you’ll want to consider.
*This post, even though it was sponsored by Evans Halshaw, Batley. It is my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed it!