> Updated Focus for 2022
> Restyled exterior
> New tech
> Revised transmission options
> Priced from £22,465
While the rise of SUVs has been pretty unstoppable, the humble hatchback clings on. Ford’s Focus is a real staple of the automotive landscape and remains one of the UK’s best selling cars. A mid-life update for this fan favourite sees a host of revisions keep things competitive.
Typically, these facelift models are full of subtle tweaks, but the changes to the 2022 Focus are clear for all to see. In a similar fashion to the Fiesta, there’s an all-new grille that’s more upright and now hosts the Ford badge. All cars now come with intricate LED lighting, but various trim levels get their own mesh design for the grille.
ST-Line trim has been made even sportier with more athletic bumpers and skirts, while the luxurious Vignale Pack offers more options and can be ticked at more opportunities throughout the Focus range.
The Focus ST hot hatch hasn’t been forgotten about, receiving the same styling updates as its more workaday siblings, but also getting restyled bodywork of its own and new alloy wheel designs.
This new car’s changes are more than skin deep with the interior also going under the knife. The headline act has to be the new 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The large display runs Ford’s new Sync 4 interface that claims to be even easier to use. Thankfully some physical controls have been retained for things such as air-conditioning. This big screen plays nice with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should you prefer to run the show from your smartphone.
While the core interior architecture remains the same, ST models ditch their much loved Recaro sports seats in favour of some new in-house posts. The bolstered Ford Performance seats are said to be even more supportive than their predecessors.
Just like before, the 2022 Ford Focus will be available as a hatchback or more practical estate. Rear passengers get good levels of head and legroom – a marked improvement over the previous generation Focus. There’s plenty of little cubbies and good size door bins for storage, although some rivals still offer a more versatile cabin.
Boot dimensions remain the same, meaning 375-litres of space is adequate, but not class-leading. The estate’s 575-litres is more competitive and now comes with hardier carpets that are said to be easier to clean, as well as a water-resistant boot liner.
The engine range remains the same as before, however, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost mild-hybrids – 123bhp and 153bhp – now come with the option of a 7-speed automatic in addition to their manual defaults. There is still a 123bhp non-hybrid 1.0-litre engine that serves as an entry point to the lineup. Focus STs retain their turbocharged 2.3-litre motor with 276bhp.
If diesel is your thing, there’s still a 1.5-litre EcoBlue option with 118bhp at its disposal.
Ford has yet to go into specifics on pricing, but we do have a starting point for the ST and the standard car. A 2022 Ford Focus hatchback will start at £22,465 while the sportier ST begins at £33,885.
Orders for the new Ford Focus will begin soon.