The Ford Focus has long been a staple in the family car market, but with the rise of crossovers, many are now overlooking this popular hatchback. However, the arrival of the revamped Focus is big news for car enthusiasts. In this article, we take a closer look at the 2022 Ford Focus, its new features, and whether it can still hold its own against crossovers.
Despite the global chip shortage, demand for the Ford Focus Hybrid is still strong. The new Focus boasts a more modern exterior design with a new grille, new headlights, and bumpers. While the styling updates are not groundbreaking, they do make the car look more modern.
The latest-generation interior tech is another upgrade for the new Ford Focus, which now features a 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is available on all but entry-level models and is much better than the old Ford operating systems. The touchscreen infotainment system uses the same operating system as the screen in the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, though in landscape rather than portrait orientation, and with a different look.
The cabin of the Ford Focus is generally futuristic and modern, but it's not classically beautiful or a minimalist paradise. Build quality seems good, with all the buttons and panels fitting together neatly. However, the material quality could be better, with the plastic around the window switches, engine starter button, and center console feeling a little cheap.
The new Ford Focus promises more style while providing the same enjoyable driving experience. The Active model we tested has a raised ride height and chunky body cladding, but it is fundamentally the same as the regular hatchback. The engines, the cabin, and the technology are all the same, and there's nothing to choose between the two when it comes to practicality.
While family hatchbacks have remained popular, crossovers have increasingly dominated the market. The rise of crossovers and Ford SUVs have pushed family hatchbacks to the side. However, the Ford Focus remains one of the more important cars to be released this year. Next to the new Opel Astra and Peugeot 308, the Ford looks a little bland, although it's easier on the eye than its closest rival, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf.
Despite the rise of crossovers, the Ford Focus Hybrid remains a solid contender in the family car market. The Focus offers a sensible amount of rear space, with enough room for two adults to comfortably sit. Headroom and legroom are both sufficient, though a slightly larger alternative, such as the Skoda Octavia, will offer the more passenger-carrying capability.
The new Ford Focus may not be a groundbreaking upgrade, but it's still worth a look for those seeking a reliable, enjoyable family car. The revamped Ford Focus offers a more modern exterior design and the latest interior tech, providing the same enjoyable driving experience. While crossovers may be taking over the market, the Ford Focus remains a solid contender in the family car market.