The Vignale, so smart it has the silver lettering “Vignale” across the tailgate instead of “Focus”, has all the bells and whistles, which gives us the opportunity for a good amount of window shopping, a chance to browse among all that Ford has to offer these days.
The Focus’s expansive panoramic roof has a large integrated sun roof (£995) which is a pleasant change from the normal immovable slab of glass. There’s a head-up display that shows through a pop-up glass window rather than the smarter version in more premium glasses that projects straight onto the windscreen.
We wouldn’t be without Apple CarPlay now, or the wireless charging pad (£100) which will work on iPhone version 8s and later. There are also 2 USB ports.
Ford now uses the third version of its Sync infotainment system on a touchscreen. The graphics aren't the most beautiful and our navigation took an age to load, but the premium Bang and Olufsen stereo system is superb and well worth the extra money.
We also had lane-keep assist and active cruise control on the car which, when combined, give you a driving experience that is as close to automated as you’ll get right now. The cross-traffic alert system (£400) on the rear parking camera is also extremely useful for highlighting oncoming cars you can’t see.