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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Too many surfaces are cheesy
Car and Driver
Plush ride quality
Cheesy upholstery has been upgraded with a nicer cut of cloth or optional leather that doesn't look like it was recycled
Workmanship and assembly quality are good
The 2008 Ford Focus earns compliments for its new interior, but rear seat space and some material choices take their bruises from reviewers.
Car and Driver starts off with the seat comfort of the 2008 Ford Focus, saying, "The front seats are flat and firm but offer little bolstering. Two adults can inhabit the rear, thanks to the sculpted front seatbacks, but climbing back there is a gymnastic feat, because the front seats don't automatically slide forward and there's a hanging seatbelt you'll have to battle your way past." Edmunds notes that the "seats prove supportive for long driving stints"; as for legroom and headroom, ConsumerGuide says that in the Ford Focus 2008, "Legroom is quite good for the class, and headroom is outstanding in models that don't have the sunroof. Headroom is still good in Focuses that do have it."
ConsumerGuide praises the fact that the "cargo area is usefully shaped" in the Ford Focus 2008. But they grumble that "interior storage is merely okay. The glovebox is skimpy, as are the front-door map pockets." The center console storage bin is deep, but its opening is small. They also mention that the subwoofer that comes with the optional audio system infringes on the cargo room.
Edmunds isn't a fan of the materials used in the Ford Focus. They state that the interior is nothing special when it comes to the materials and the design. They even claim that the optional aluminum-like trim highlights are run of the mill. Car and Driver agrees, griping, "too many surfaces are cheesy -- notably the faux aluminum trim, the hard-plastic door inserts and the flimsy trunk carpeting." Consumer Guide says the quality of assembly and workmanship is good, but the interior materials are a disappointment. The aluminum accents are called "silvery plastic trim," which makes obvious Ford's attempt to cut costs. Automobile, however, disagrees, noting the "Cheesy upholstery has been upgraded with a nicer cut of cloth or optional leather that doesn't look like it was recycled. The interior trim fits properly and is finished with attractive textures and gloss levels."
In terms of road noise in the Ford Focus 2008, Edmunds reports that the "interior remains quiet on the highway, as there's little wind or engine noise." And though "road and tire noise makes its way into the cabin," on occasion, "the car is quieter than the previous Focus and quieter than many other cars in its class." Automobile considers "the refurbished Focus surprisingly quiet and smooth-riding."
Top-line materials may be absent, but the 2008 Ford Focus is comfortable and has good headroom.