Review: Ford Focus Estate (2011 – 2014)


As good as the hatchback. Great to drive and very refined. Upmarket and comfortable interior. Usefully large boot. The best looking estate this size.

Top 2.0 TDCI PowerShift automatic models are pricey.

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8 June 2019

Report of clutch pack of October 2013 Ford Focus Zetec Powershift Estate 1.6 petrol model starting to judder 3 weeks after 2nd hand purchase. Quoted £2,400 to replace. But the supplying dealer is... Read more

1 October 2018

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3 July 2017

Report of injector problems on 2012/61 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 TDCi Estate. First failure was with injector 1 and on investigation it became a no fault found, so it might have been a cable fault. Second... Read more

Ford Focus Estate (2011 – 2014): At A Glance

It may not exactly be very rock and roll, but there is a reason you see so many Ford Focus models on the road. It's simply a great car. The hatchback was keenly anticipated when it was launched in early 2011 but the estate version seemed to go under the radar, somewhat eclipsed by the hatchback. Which is a shame as the Focus Estate is just as good as the hatch version.

In fact, it actually has more going for it. It's equally as good to drive, rides just as well and comes with the same choice of impressive engines. There's the strong yet frugal TDCI diesels which the majority of people choose but the petrols shouldn't be overlooked. Ford has a range of new turbocharged smaller petrols called EcoBoost which are great fun to drive yet surprisingly economical for the performance they offer.

Of course the big advantage is the extra carrying space with more than 450 litres of boot space and the ability to fold down the rear seats to create a huge load area of more than 1500 litres. And unlike many estate versions of hatchbacks, the Focus Estate actually looks good. We'd even go as far as saying it's more attractive than the standard Focus. 

While prices aren't cheap, the Focus Estate is decent value for money. Prices start at £17,100 on-the-road and it comes with more than £1000 of additional standard equipment versus the equivalent outgoing model, including Bluetooth and voice control, a USB connection and torque vectoring - a clever system that makes cornering sharper and improved grip.


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What does a Ford Focus Estate (2011 – 2014) cost?

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Real MPG average for a Ford Focus Estate (2011 – 2014)

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28–67 mpg

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I need a work vehicle - what's available for £3500?

I bought a Suzuki Carry in November, but it got stolen 46 days later. I need something else before starting work again (I'm a decorator). I'm struggling to find anything that's petrol, without high mileage. Are there any small vans available in my £3500 budget? Would an Estate be spacious enough? If I end up with a car, I fancy an automatic. I've seen a Renault Kangoo that could be turned into a van, but a lot of reviews have put me off. I've also looked at a Ford Focus Estate online, but I don't know if it's big enough. Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you for you time.
Have you considered the Vauxhall Astravan? It's based on the Astra Estate and has metal panels in place of the rear windows. It's relatively inexpensive to run and will carry loads measuring 1.78m long and 1.38m wide (with 1.10m between the wheelarches). For our full Vauxhall Astravan review and used buying guide, see:
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