Ford Focus Interior
Test drivers find generally cozy surroundings and an uncontroversial interior design in the 2007 Ford Focus. But some feel the quality of materials does not compare well with competitors. As Automobile Magazine puts it, "the interior isn't up to snuff compared with a Honda Civic."
As with the exterior, the Ford Focus' largest interior redo occurred in 2005, enhancing the reviewers' cozy surroundings to provide more visual comfort as well. Reviews for the five-seat 2007 Ford Focus note the 2005 efforts at better-positioned controls, but some feel the materials used do not compare well with the car's class. As Automobile Magazine puts it, "the interior isn't up to snuff compared with a Honda Civic."
The 2007 Ford Focus continues to be a comfortable car with cushy seats and inventive storage, according the majority of reviews. Thespoke for many when it said, "The cloth seats look richer and provide more support ... the changes were made in response to owners who asked for upgrades and refinement."
The cloth seats are a favorite for providing all-around space. Cars.com says, "The Focus' seats are relatively high--part of a long, tall interior that's designed to accommodate taller and older people."
Most reviews agree on the overall comfort of the front seats. New Car Test Drive appreciates their side support and writes that they provide "an exceptionally high hip point, providing a better view down the road and more leg room front and rear," but Autoweb does notice "the hard plastic upper door sill, which is unfriendly to elbows" and complains of not enough legroom and the inability to move the seat back enough to achieve it.
In the rear, reviewers are appreciative of the amount of space they have for a car of the Ford Focus' size. Even for the smaller three-door hatchback, reviews mention adequate space for three children or medium-size adults. However, The Auto Channel explains, "Although the ZX4 sedan and ZX3 and ZX5 hatchbacks have essentially the same interior layout and space, the four doors of the ZX4 and ZX5 make passenger access easier."
Where reviews begin to feel the 2007 Ford Focus falls short is in the interior features' quality. Features include cloth bucket front seats and 60/40 split folding rear seats, climate control, an AM/FM single CD and MP3-capable player with four speakers, warning lights for air bags and doors, courtesy lamps, and power locks, all of which are easy to reach according to the majority of reviews. In theopinion, "noteworthy features include positioning a power plug in the dash alongside the radio to make it easy to plug in the cell phone without tangling the cord on the gearshift lever, and placing the trunk-lid release button on the dash behind and to the left of the steering column."
However, several reviews noted that better placement didn't make up for quality; as Autoweb reports, "Frequently, cheap cars are made of cheap materials, so the hard plastic surfaces inside the Ford Focus aren't surprising, Trouble is, models like the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa are proving that cheap cars don't necessarily mean cheap materials, which puts the Ford Focus at a competitive disadvantage."
Of the automotive reviews and test drives analyzed, two gripes about the interior features stood out. Automobile Magazine's reviewer didn't appreciate the self-locking doors for the 2007 Ford Focus (even locking himself out of the car once), and The Auto Channel found the heated seats a waste, writing, "They were extremely slow to warm up, they shut off too soon before getting nice and hot and the indicator light remained on after the heaters went off. Turning the switch off then back on did not turn the heaters back on ... you might want to think twice before ordering those seat heaters."
Stereo and Entertainment
Edmunds is just one of the reviews to note that the 2007 Ford Focus' "sound quality from the stock audio systems is surprisingly good, and downright exceptional with the optional Audiophile system." This Sony system offers more than 500 watts of power, with an AM/FM six-disc in-dash/MP3-capable player with four coaxial speakers and 8-inch subwoofer. Audio controls will also be added to the Focus' steering wheel with the Audiophile system.
Also receiving high praise is the storage space. As thesays, "wherever a storage compartment would fit, it was added." The 2007 Ford Focus now comes with cupholder slots in the front and the rear, an overhead console option and a CD storage bin for the front.
When judging the 2007 Ford Focus' cargo room, Automobile Magazine has only good things to report. It writes that cargo room is plentiful regardless of the model you prefer--the hatchbacks "offer extra cargo-carry versatility thanks to their wide opening hatches and seats that fold down to make one large cargo area," while the sedans "add their own measure of versatility with forward-folding rear seatbacks and a trunk-to-cabin pass-through, which allows long cargo to stretch from inside the trunk into the rear seat area." Focus sedans have 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space available, while the hatchbacks provide 18 cubic feet.