I had the opportunity to drive both of them on winding Spanish roads yesterday and came back feeling very enthusiastic about the new car. I wasn’t sure what I thought of the looks when I saw the photos - the nose design is a little busy for my tastes - though I like the upright, tall grille. But in the metal the new Focus looks terrific, a bit like a full-grown Fiesta.
The appeal of the styling, inside and out, is obviously subjective - Chris576, one of our forum users, thinks the dash looks like a boombox. I found the cabin to be much more engaging than I’d expected, particularly when I drove one of the higher-specced Titanium editions and found that the techy feel of the interior thoroughly justifies the technology. The best gadget by far reads the speed limit signs as you drive along, stores the info and displays it on the dash. Bearing in mind how often they change in town nowadays, that’s a terrific idea. And it didn’t miss one sign in a couple of hundred miles driving.