Ford’s SYNC 3 system is easy to use and responsive

Coming to the cabin, the chocolate-on-black color theme feels upmarket and the 6.5-inch screen gets Ford’s latest Sync 3 which is really slick and super quick to pair with your phone via Bluetooth. Even though satellite navigation is missing, it does come bundled with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The dark interior is absolutely spot-on

In terms of safety kit, the Freestyle comes with dual airbags and ABS as standard. Top versions of the cross-hatch get six airbags, traction control, electronic stability program (ESP) as well as the unique active rollover protection or ARP feature. ARP works in conjunction with the ESP and can brake individual wheels or reduce engine power to prevent a potential roll.