The Focus Active is an SUV-inspired hatchback with high-riding off-road touches. It is priced from $29,990 and sits in the middle of the Focus range.

Although the Active gains suspension raised by 34mm, bashplates and black plastic wheel-arch extensions much in the vein of the Subaru XV, there is no AWD system available.

The Active instead maintains the same front-wheel drive layout as the rest of the Focus range, powered by a 134kW/240Nm three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. All Focuses have eight-speed torque converter transmissions and Ford rates fuel consumption at 6.4L/100km.

The Active gains bespoke 17-inch alloys over the base-model Trend that are different from the ones available on the ST-Line, and it also gains roof-rails more soft interior finishes. The Active's traction control also gains two more modes - Slippery (for snow and ice) and Trail (for sand, gravel and dirt).

Other than that, the Active has largely the same specification as the ST-Line, with dual-zone climate control, LED fog lights, auto-folding and heated wing-mirrors, keyless entry with push-start a Qi (Chee) wireless phone charging pad and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

The Active has automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist (LKAS) with lane departure warning (LDW), a 180-degree reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard.

Active cruise control with stop & go, blind spot monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert can be added as part of a safety pack priced at $1250.

The Focus range was awarded a maximum five ANCAP safety stars as of December 2018.