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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Interior materials disappoint overall
Sedan and coupe best the competition in interior passenger space at 93.4 cubic feet
Upscale brushed-nickel finish on the SES and SEL
Kelley Blue Book
Reviews of the Focus' comfort and quality are varied, depending on the reviewer. Overall, the general feel is that the comfort and quality in the 2010 Focus is positive, especially since the current generation holds many improvements over previous Ford Focus models. There are still some points that attract criticism, however, such as the cheesy faux aluminum trim.
Inside the 2010 Ford Focus, Car and Driver reviewers find that "the front seats are flat and firm but offer little bolstering." ConsumerGuide notes that the Ford Focus' "legroom is quite good for the class, and headroom is outstanding in models that don't have the sunroof." For most people, the Focus will be a daily driver, and Cars.com says that "the seats offered plenty of support on long commutes." The rear seats in the Coupe don't fare quite so well, as ConsumerGuide reports that "in the coupe, smaller adults will fit in the back [only] for short trips." Exacerbating this problem is the fact that "the front seats don't automatically slide forward and there's a hanging seatbelt you'll have to battle your way past", according to Car and Driver.
Like last year's model, the 2010 Ford Focus is fairly average in terms of utility. Reviewers at ConsumerGuide grumble that "interior storage is merely okay. The glovebox is skimpy, as are the front-door map pockets," while Kelley Blue Book notes that the "improved storage spaces," differentiate this generation of Focus from the previous. As for the trunk, Cars.com reports it's "plenty big for the class," and while "the rear seats fold flat to expand the cargo area," they also remark that "not much will be able to make its way through the narrow opening they leave. This feature could work for golfers or other athletes with oddly shaped gear, but it probably won't help those with bulky luggage."
One of the major gripes found with the Ford Focus 2010's quality are the interior materials; while they are certainly improved compared to previous models, that doesn't mean they are near the top of the class. Edmunds notes the 2010 Focus features some "cheap-looking plastic interior bits and a button-heavy center stack that some people find a bit confusing." Car and Driver feels that "too many surfaces are cheesy—notably the faux aluminum trim, the hard-plastic door inserts and the flimsy trunk carpeting." ConsumerGuide adds that the "interior materials disappoint overall," and even the "dashboard on the SES model is dominated by dull, silvery plastic trim, which reeks of cost cutting." Cars.com also points out that "the quality of the leather was passable" on their seats, "though nothing spectacular."
While interior quality does not turn in a stellar performance, one area where the 2010 Focus excels is in road noise, which doesn't appear to be a cause for concern. Automobile Magazine calls the Ford Focus 2010 "surprisingly quiet and Edmunds reviewers agree that the "interior remains quiet on the highway, as there's little wind or engine noise." However, the hard-to-please testers at ConsumerGuide reports that "road rumble is marked, and the tires thump over expansion joints."
Generous passenger room and comfortable seats can't quite make up for only fair quality in the 2010 Ford Focus.