Interior Missteps - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test

2008 Ford Focus Coupe: Interior Missteps

March 07, 2008

2008 Ford Focus -- Brent Romans

Having been driving our 2008 Ford Focus for two weeks now, I've noticed two main interior design missteps that I find annoying on a daily basis. The first is the too-far-forward placement of the door hand grips. They just don't provide much leverage to aid the front passengers in pulling the doors closed, and there are no secondary grips in the armrest. As such, our coupe's doors feel heavier than need be, like they came off a Ford Torino or something.

2008 Ford Focus -- Brent Romans

The other annoyance is the design of the gauges... Need an example of form over function? Here ya go. Someone at Ford thought these would look cool. And in the picture I took, they look to be OK. But on the road they're just imprecise to read because of the big speedo increments and the odd choice to have the number font wrap around in a circle instead of staying level.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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