Update to Focus is vital to Ford

2014 Ford Focus five-door hatchback (5-door)
2014 Ford Focus five-door hatchback (5-door)

The Focus is the world’s best-selling car, so you could say this update is a bit important to Ford.

Feast your eyes on the new grille in all its shiny chrome-effect glory, as well as the neater, tauter light cluster designs.

The interior has had 
something of a renaissance as well, with higher-quality materials and a much better media interface screen. Under the bonnet you can pick new engine options, too, with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel options fresh from the test bench.

Thanks to clever modern tech, the petrol can push out as much as 179bhp, while the economical diesel can potentially nudge 74mpg.

Aside from the new grille and the shiny bits, which look and feel quite American in the flesh, the Focus has been nipped and tucked to create cleaner lines that better flatter its ubiquitous shape.

The hawkish headlights are a highlight, and only get prettier the more you look at them. As for this car’s image it clearly doesn’t have any popularity issues among British drivers, despite some middling scores in reliability and ownership satisfaction surveys.

It has been sitting pretty at the top of the UK’s sales charts for years and shows no sign of slipping. The boot is straightforward, with a tyre repair kit beneath a single base panel. You don’t get hidden compartments or luggage nets as standard. There’s a surprising amount of room for two adult rear passengers, though, and only people pushing beyond the six-foot mark will feel cramped. Some might say the front door pockets are little awkwardly shaped, but there are several small cubby holes for bits and pieces, including one that’s felt-lined to silence any potential 
rattling.

The 2015 Focus is a huge step up in terms of perceived quality and 
technology.