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BabyDrive Verdict

Having just hopped out of a V8 Ford Mustang GT, I was expecting to be pretty disappointed with a Ford Focus Active, but actually I was not! The Focus is really everything you need in a small, practical and quite fun to drive family car.

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I only found two little negatives with the Ford Focus. The first is the rotary dial gear selector, which I found caused me to keep checking I was in the right gear, rather than the muscle memory of using traditional gear levers.

The second is that when you open the driver's door with the engine running the Focus beeps, which I found really irritating and would wake or disturb little passengers and frazzled parents!

Now I can start telling you all the positives, which is basically the rest of the car!

Firstly the Ford Focus fitted three child seats across. I tried combinations of rear-facing and two forward-facing seats, as well as three forward-facing seats and they all, fitted well.

This is fantastic as a lot of much larger SUVs won't fit three child seats across! Legroom is quite good still in the Focus and we could fit a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat too.

There is a lovely big sunroof in this more SUV-like Active version which keeps the interior light and bright and gives rear passengers a nice view while driving along.

Storage is minimal in the back of the car, with just net map pockets and large refillable water bottle sized door bins, while in the front there is more with good-sized cup holders, a glasses case, glove box etc all practically sized.

The boot of the Ford Focus is generously sized too, fitting eleven shopping bags when empty. That's one more than the Mazda3 and VW Golf and two more than the Toyota Corolla.

A twin side-by-side stroller fills the boot but you could put your shopping on top! All other sizes of stroller and pram fitted with a few shopping bags too.

The interior of the Focus is quite modern, minimal and practical.

It has a great media system that is simple to use and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The reversing camera image is lovely and clear and you can mute the sensors using the buttons on your steering wheel, which is really convenient. The Ford Focus Active is a fun car to drive and it hugs the corners well too.

The Ford Focus went through ANCAP safety testing in 2019 and did very well for both adult and child occupancy and got a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

Six airbags come as standard in the Focus, including dual frontal, side chest-protecting for the front passengers and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags for the front and rear side passengers. The Ford Focus has a very good seatbelt removal visual and warning.


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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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