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Ford Focus Estate (2014–2018)

Last updated 13 March 2019

Broad range of engines. Practical load area. Good to drive.
Load area not as large as in Golf or Octavia. Higher trim grades are expensive.
Updated 13 March 2019

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The Ford Focus Estate takes all of the traits of the smaller hatchback model but adds a dose of extra practicality thanks to a large, flat boot with a wide-opening tailgate. It’s good to drive, affordable to run and is available with some of the best modern safety technology, making it a great choice for a growing family.

Boot space in the estate is up from 316 litres in the hatchback to 476 litres with the seats in place, but that can be expanded to a hefty 1502 litres if you fold the rear seats down. The load area is wide and flat, but in terms of outright volume it lags behind the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.

That’s not to say the Focus Estate is small though. Far from it, the load area is more than capable of swallowing up large boxes, big suitcases or sacks of rubbish for the tip. Besides, the Focus Estate makes up for its space deficit with some very impressive handling – it’s one of the most enjoyable cars in its class.

The steering is very nicely weighted and gives good feedback, plus there is plenty of grip. Through corners the Focus Estate feels almost as balanced and as nimble as the hatchback. Despite there being little in the way of body roll, it rides well over most surfaces. Things only get slightly uncomfortable over very rough or potholed roads.

There are lots of engines to choose from, including the impressive 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with 100PS or 125PS outputs and a 1.5-litre Ecoboost with 150PS or 182PS. The car suits a diesel engine best though and there are plenty to choose from, with outputs ranging from 95PS to 185PS in the hot ST.

The trim range is broad and even basic Style models get air conditioning, a misfuelling prevention system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Upper trim levels gain luxuries like a reversing camera, keyless start, cruise control, automated parking and the improved Sync 2 infotainment system.

For those who need a capable all-round car that is both family-friendly and enjoyable to drive, the Ford Focus Estate is a good bet – but competition is stiff. The SEAT Leon ST is more nicely finished and as good to drive, while the Skoda Octavia estate is more practical. Even so, there is a lot to like about the Ford and it's an ideal family estate.

Owners' reviews

very dependable
Very practical and nice drive but fuel economy not as advertised.
Superbly well equipped but experience thus far is that the fuel consumption is nowhere near the stated figures.
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