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Ford Focus Electric Interior

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has updating interior styling for 2015, and auto writers agree that the cabin is quiet, visually appealing and built with premium materials. Some think the rear seat has decent headroom, though most report that rivals provide more rear-seat legroom. The Focus Electric's infotainment features also receive mixed reviews. Some critics like this car's attractive touch screen and useful voice-activated SYNC system, but others say they're distracting. Because of its battery pack, the Focus Electric has a small cargo area compared to other small hatchbacks.

  • "While the handsome exteriors of this sedan and hatchback might hook you initially, it's the upscale cabin that will reel you into the Focus fold. The interior is attractive and quiet, and the materials are among the best in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "In our interior evaluation, we found that the Focus Electric uses mostly the same high-quality materials as other Focus models." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Like the conventional Focus, the Electric looks and feels well put together. Cabin materials are of high quality." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. Leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver seat are optional. Reviewers report that the front seats are spacious, supportive and comfortable on long trips. Outward visibility also receives praise. Some test drivers say the rear seat offers sufficient headroom, but most think it has less legroom than competitors.

  • "The Focus' front seats are supportive and comfortable over long distances. The rear seats offer adequate headroom, but come up a little short in legroom compared to the accommodations in many competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear passengers will be less impressed, as the Focus model's compact dimensions are apparent in the back seat's limited headroom and legroom." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Focus is somewhat wider than it appears, and that extra space is put to good use inside the cabin. Even larger drivers will find plenty of room." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The cabin is anything but cramped, there's great outward visibility, and a comfortable driving position is achieved before we pull away on our test drive." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Ford Focus Electric include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, MyFord Touch (touch-screen infotainment system), a nine-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, MyKey (which lets parents set speed and audio volume limits for young drivers), the MyFord Mobile smartphone app (which lets owners monitor vehicle charging, turn on the air conditioning and lock and unlock the car) and SYNC (which allows you to use voice commands to control your smartphone). A rearview camera is newly standard for 2015.

Some reviewers think MyFord Touch has improved over previous versions, citing its large, attractive touch screen and cool customization features, as well as the helpful voice control features that are available through SYNC. Critics also like the variety of vehicle information provided by the Focus Electric's customizable gauges. Other automotive journalists still think MyFord Touch and SYNC are distracting.

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  • "Borrowing its basic style from the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Edge, the reconfigurable three-panel instrument cluster displays a wide range of vehicle information." -- Left Lane News
  • "And although we've been critical in the past of the optional MyFord Touch system, it continues to improve and evolve. The large touchscreen (combined with the truly useful Sync voice command system) looks classy and provides some neat customization possibilities. Make sure to try out both this setup and the base 'MyFord' system extensively on your test-drive to see if you could use it on a daily basis." -- Edmunds
  • "We like the tech features, which make the 2013 Ford Focus Electric entertaining whether your commute is smooth sailing or stop-and-go." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
  • "Focus Electric comes only with Ford's Sync and MyFord Touch suite of digital-interface tools which we largely reject as distracting and overly complicated." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Ford Focus Electric has 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 33.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. This is significantly less than what the gas-powered Focus hatchback offers, but decent for an electric vehicle. Critics say the ability to store larger items is limited by the Focus Electric's battery pack, which consumes much of the car's cargo capacity. Some reviewers write that there's scarcely enough room behind the rear seats for a set of golf clubs.

  • "Because its electric powertrain intrudes into the cabin, the Focus Electric has noticeably less cargo space than the standard model. With the rear seats up, there's just 14.5 cubic feet available (compared to 23.8)." -- Left Lane News
  • "Focus Electric is offered only as a hatchback; unfortunately a large box housing part of the battery consumers about half of the hatch-area floor. It runs the full width of the bay, too. The rear seats still fold flat, but the battery housing prevents easy loading of larger or longer items." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Say goodbye to hatchback practicality; there's barely enough room back there for a set of golf clubs." -- Car and Driver (2012)
Review Last Updated: 4/9/15

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