The Ford Focus Active Hatchback is a taller, more rugged version of the much-admired Ford Focus Hatchback with SUV inspired features.
Just as comfortable and economical to drive, this compact crossover takes on rivals such as the Volvo V40 Cross Country, Kia XCeed and Volkswagen T-Roc in an increasingly competitive market.
Our Ford Focus Active review covers:
The Ford Focus Active boasts an SUV inspired exterior design with Active front and rear bumpers, rugged extended wheel arches with taller tyres, and a revised suspension. It is also 30mm bigger than the standard Focus, allowing for greater stability and adaptability.
Inside, the Focus Active features a spacious and sporty interior with stainless steel Active branded scuff plates and sporty V-shaped front seats. There's plenty of space to stretch out in the front and back, and the amount of steering wheel and seat adjustment is excellent.
At the rear, the Focus Active's boot can hold up to 341 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place and 1,320 litres with rear seats down. This beats rivals such as the Volvo V40 Cross Country and the Kia XCeed. The rear seats also split 60/40 to maximise versatility and fold flat, giving you more space when required.
The Focus Active's interior is very similar to the standard Focus, with just one piece of grey trim differing between the two models. As such, the cabin feels solid and well built, with easy to use buttons and switches, although some cheaper-feeling materials and hard plastics bring down the overall quality. Advanced FordPass Connect, a 10 Speaker B&O Sound System, voice-controlled SYNC3 infotainment and wireless phone charging feature on selected models.
Two models are available, including the Active and Active X. The Active model comes with Ford's SYNC3 infotainment system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Ford's Quickclear heated windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, and 17" wheels.
The Active X adds an enhanced exterior and interior design with an opening panoramic glass roof, blue contrasting seat stitching, an extra 4.3-inch digital display built into the instrument binnacle, dual-zone air conditioning, heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, the Active model is available with a choice of two engines, including a 125hp 1-litre petrol and a manual 120hp 1.5-litre diesel, both with front-wheel drive.
Six engines are available on the Active X model, with the manual or automatic 125hp 1-litre petrol engine offering a smooth drive around town. There's also a manual and automatic 120hp 1.5-litre diesel engine and a manual and automatic 150hp 2-litre diesel engine suited for drivers with a higher annual mileage.
The overall driving experience is impressive, with the Focus Active cushioning bumps on the road a lot better than the standard Focus. This is mainly due to its taller tyres and crafty suspension, which reduces the horrid quaking thud you'll feel if you fail to avoid a pothole.
Prices for the new Ford Focus Active start from £25,310.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.
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What's more, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a new Ford Focus Active could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.
*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.