Ford Focus Active (2019-present)

The Ford Focus Active is a slightly taller version of Britain's favourite family car

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Nimble cornering
Comfortable ride
Increased off-road ability

Weaknesses 

Not much taller than a standard Focus
High-specification, so no cheap version
Doesn't have four-wheel drive
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Size matters, but when you’re talking about 30mm - in the context of a car - then can you really tell the difference?

That’s the question when it comes to the new Ford Focus Active; a tougher-looking version of the standard Ford Focus, which has been slightly raised up - by 30mm. It’s available as a hatchback or an estate car with a larger boot.

The design is meant to offer a compromise between a conventional hatchback, such as the Focus, Volkswagen Golf, or Mercedes A-Class, and taller crossovers or sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), which include the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Volkswagen T-Roc.

There is one obvious advantage to the Focus Active: it looks a little more rugged than a normal Focus and the extra height means that it’s less likely to scrape the underneath on rough, unmade roads.

But if you’re looking for a high, commanding driving position, then this is not the car for you: you’ll barely notice the extra visibility that it brings.

The Focus Active is not going to carry you into the wilderness either, as the car doesn’t have four-wheel drive. It may help you out of a muddy field, though, as extra driving modes, called Slippery and Trail, will help the car to keep going on loose or low-grip surfaces by adjusting the traction control (which normally prevents wheels from slipping).

That’s a different approach to the car’s rivals, which include the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Seat Leon X-Perience and Skoda Octavia Scout, which include four-wheel drive as standard (the latter two cars are no longer available new). These are only available as estate cars.

The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is larger than the Focus Active and is also available with four-wheel drive. It is expensive - costing from over £27,000 when new, but the Focus Active isn’t cheap, as there are no budget versions available.

The cheapest model costs more than almost £22,000 when new, and includes 17in alloy wheels, keyless start, sat-nav and a dashboard screen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy control of apps on the screen.

The more expensive Active X, with panoramic sunroof, parking sensors and heated front seats is almost £24,500.

Prices are comparable with similarly-equipped versions of the standard Focus but that’s not much good if you're looking for a more affordable option, with fewer gadgets - which the standard Focus offers.

The rest of the car is exactly what you would expect from a Focus, and that includes the way that it drives. Tall cars can be unstable, but the Active’s small height increase means that it still steers nimbly and rides well, absorbing the impact over bumps and broken surfaces. It leans a little more in corners, but it’s not uncomfortable.

Inside, there’s no extra space, so headroom and legroom is decent, without being outstanding. The Skoda Octavia Scout is much more spacious. Boot space is likewise good, without being class-leading, with the Octavia Scout’s 590 litres beating the Active estate’s 575 litres.

The fit and finish of the interior is good, but the design doesn’t stand out - the same could be said for most cars in this category, apart from higher-end models, such as the Mercedes A-Class. The same goes for the dashboard screen, which is usable and fairly intuitive, without being at the cutting-edge of technology.

The standard Focus has an excellent five-star safety rating after independent tests in 2018 by Euro NCAP, and for many buyers, it's going to be all the car you'll need with a greater choice of specifications, features and engines.

Last Updated 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 17:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
341 litres (hatch) / 575 litres (estate)
Width: 
1844mm
Length: 
4397mm (hatch) / 4693m (estate)
Height: 
1502mm (hatch) / 1532mm (estate)
Tax: 
£20 to £120 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Ford Focus for... 

Ford Focus Active 1.5 EcoBlue
The least-powerful of the two diesel engines is the economy champion with official fuel economy as high as 62.8mpg.
Ford Focus Active X 1.5 EcoBoost
If you can stretch to the expensive Active X model, the panoramic sunroof brings more light to rear passengers; parking sensors are useful too, and the 1.5-litre petrol engine offers decent power and fuel economy.
Ford Focus Active X Estate 2.0 EcoBlue
The largest diesel engine has the same acceleration figure (0-62mph in 9.1 seconds) as the biggest petrol engine, but its greater pulling power makes it quicker without needing to rev the engine.
Ford Focus Active Estate 1.0 EcoBoost
The 1-litre engine needs to work hard in the Focus Active at the best of times; if you're likely to travel with a full boot in the estate car, then you'll need lots of patience when accelerating.

Ford Focus History 

  • January 2019 First Ford Focus Active models are delivered in UK

Understanding Ford Focus car names 

  • Focus
  • Trim level
    Active X
  • Engine
    1.0 EcoBoost
  • Trim level
    You'll get different levels of standard equipment with each trim level: Active models are entry-level cars. Active X cars get more equipment for a higher price.
  • Engine
    The engine size is given in litres (here it's 1.0). In general, the bigger the engine, the more powerful it is. EcoBoost engines are petrol powered, EcoBlue versions use diesel.

Ford Focus Engines 

Petrol: 1.0 EcoBoost, 1.5 EcoBoost Diesel: 1.5 EcoBlue, 2.0 EcoBlue

The Focus Active is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines.

Both petrol engines are made up of three cylinders and badged EcoBoost, the label for Ford’s recent efficiency-boosting technology.

The 1-litre engine with 125 horsepower (hp) has reasonable performance, but needs time and gear-changes to get up to speed; you won’t surge forward instantly with a quick press of the accelerator.

That’s why the 1.5-litre engine with 150hp is a better petrol option. The extra pulling power improves acceleration, and fuel economy is little worse at up to 46.3mpg, according to official figures, compared with 49.6mpg for the 1-litre car.

The diesel engines are known as EcoBlue, with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre options. The smaller of the two pulls strongly from a standstill but is less responsive at higher speeds: accelerating from 0-62mph takes a sedate 10.8 seconds. It’s efficient, with an official fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions are as low as 93g/km, reducing the cost of company car tax.

The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine brings more power and a reduction in the acceleration time 9.1 seconds, while the 61.4mpg and 115g/km CO2 official figures will only marginally increase running costs compared to the smaller diesel. This is best for towing, given its excellent pulling power, but is only available with the more expensive Active X model.

The precise economy figures of each engine may vary depending on the specification of car - and particularly wheel size.

Fuel

Fuel economy

CO2

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 125PS EcoBoost

petrol

44.1-49.6mpg

107-110g/km

125hp

10.3sec

122mph

1.5 150PS EcoBoost

petrol

41.5-46.3mpg

121-123g/km

150hp

9.1sec

128mph

1.5 120PS EcoBlue

diesel

55.4-62.8mpg

93-112g/km

120hp

10.8sec

119mph

2.0 150PS EcoBlue

diesel

52.3-57.6mpg

115-117g/km

150hp

9.1sec

128mph

Ford Focus Trims 

Active, Active X

There are just two trim levels available with the Ford Focus Active and both include chunky additions to the exterior, making the car look more muscular, although they have limited effect - including the silver skid plates underneath the car, which are meant to protect the underneath from scrapes.

Selectable driving modes, including ‘Trail’ and ‘Slippery’ can improve performance when grip is low.

The entry-level Active car includes 17-in alloy wheels; black roof and side mirrors; an 8in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav and digital radio; as well as automatic headlights, heated windscreen and keyless start.

Safety aids include autonomous emergency braking, which can help avoid frontal collisions, as well as a lane-keeping aid that can steer the car back into line if it’s drifting out of its lane.

Active X cars upgrade the wheels to 18in, while also adding keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors and electric folding side mirrors. Seats are improved with partial leather upholstery, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats.

There’s a panoramic sunroof included too, along with the Ford Pass Connect package, which includes eCall (which connects the car to an emergency call centre in the event of a crash), wi-fi hotspot and live traffic updates to the satellite navigation system.

Ford Focus Reliability and warranty 

The latest Focus is too new to appear in consumer satisfaction surveys but the last generation was a respectable 33 out of 75 in the 2018 Auto Express Driver Power survey. As long as the Focus Active has improved on the older car, then this bodes well.

The standard Ford warranty of three years and 60,000 is fairly standard for the industry, but pales in comparison with those now on offer from Hyundai (five years) and Kia (seven years).

Used Ford Focus 

The Focus Active has just gone on sale at the time of writing, so it's too early to see any examples on the used market.

It’s not yet clear how popular the model will be. Based on figures from used car value experts CAP-HPI, Ford thinks that Active models will have the best used values of all Focus variants after three years or 60,00 miles, retaining 37.6% of their original sale price.

Ford Focus Prices

Ford Focus Active

1.0 ecoboost 125 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,305

You could save up to: £1690

1.0 ecoboost 125 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,627

You could save up to: £1818

1.5 ecoblue 120 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,150

You could save up to: £1775

1.5 ecoblue 120 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

1.5 ecoboost 150 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,762

You could save up to: £1733

1.5 ecoboost 150 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,085

You could save up to: £1860

Ford Focus Active X

1.0 ecoboost 125 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,582

You could save up to: £1913

1.0 ecoboost 125 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,905

You could save up to: £2040

1.5 ecoblue 120 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,425

You could save up to: £2000

1.5 ecoblue 120 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,730

You could save up to: £2125

1.5 ecoboost 150 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,037

You could save up to: £1958

1.5 ecoboost 150 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,360

You could save up to: £2085

2.0 ecoblue 150 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,730

You could save up to: £2125

2.0 ecoblue 150 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,049

You could save up to: £2256

Ford Focus ST-Line

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,305

You could save up to: £1690

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,627

You could save up to: £1818

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,624

You could save up to: £1721

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,945

You could save up to: £1850

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,150

You could save up to: £1775

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,468

You could save up to: £1807

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,773

You could save up to: £1932

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,762

You could save up to: £1733

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,085

You could save up to: £1860

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,081

You could save up to: £1764

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,404

You could save up to: £1891

2.0 ecoblue st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

2.0 ecoblue st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,774

You could save up to: £2031

2.0 ecoblue st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,773

You could save up to: £1932

2.0 ecoblue st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,093

You could save up to: £2062

Ford Focus ST-Line X

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,932

You could save up to: £2563

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,255

You could save up to: £2690

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,777

You could save up to: £2648

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,080

You could save up to: £2775

1.5 ecoboost 182 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,070

You could save up to: £2675

1.5 ecoboost 182 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,393

You could save up to: £2802

2.0 ecoblue st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,080

You could save up to: £2775

2.0 ecoblue st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,399

You could save up to: £2906

Ford Focus Style

1.0 ecoboost 100 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,348

You could save up to: £1397

1.0 ecoboost 100 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,894

You could save up to: £1451

1.0 ecoboost 125 style 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,124

You could save up to: £1571

1.0 ecoboost 125 style nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,670

You could save up to: £1625

1.0 ecoboost 85 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,029

You could save up to: £1366

1.0 ecoboost 85 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,575

You could save up to: £1420

1.5 ecoblue 120 style 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,952

You could save up to: £1653

1.5 ecoblue 120 style nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,498

You could save up to: £1707

1.5 ecoblue 95 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,192

You could save up to: £1483

1.5 ecoblue 95 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,738

You could save up to: £1537

Ford Focus Titanium

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,055

You could save up to: £1940

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,377

You could save up to: £2068

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,900

You could save up to: £2025

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,205

You could save up to: £2150

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,512

You could save up to: £1983

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,835

You could save up to: £2110

2.0 ecoblue titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,205

You could save up to: £2150

2.0 ecoblue titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,524

You could save up to: £2281

Ford Focus Titanium X

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,175

You could save up to: £2050

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,514

You could save up to: £2181

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,019

You could save up to: £2136

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,342

You could save up to: £2263

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,650

You could save up to: £2095

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,973

You could save up to: £2222

2.0 ecoblue titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,342

You could save up to: £2263

2.0 ecoblue titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,662

You could save up to: £2393

Ford Focus Zetec

1.0 ecoboost 100 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,258

You could save up to: £1487

1.0 ecoboost 100 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,576

You could save up to: £1519

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,713

You could save up to: £1532

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,034

You could save up to: £1661

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,031

You could save up to: £1564

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,353

You could save up to: £1692

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,557

You could save up to: £1618

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,862

You could save up to: £1743

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,876

You could save up to: £1649

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,181

You could save up to: £1774

1.5 ecoblue 95 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,102

You could save up to: £1573

1.5 ecoblue 95 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,421

You could save up to: £1604

Other Editions