Review: Ford Focus Estate (2014 – 2018)
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.
Ford Focus Estate (2014 – 2018): At A Glance
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.
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Ford Focus Estate (2014 – 2018): What's It Like Inside?
Versus a Focus hatchback, the Estate variant has an additional 160 litres of load space with the rear seats in place (472 litres in total). With the rear seats folded the load capacity rises to 1502 litres, which is more than enough for most typical estate car jobs like airport runs or camping holidays. That said, it is some way behind rivals like the Skoda Octavia, which has a maximum capacity of 1740 litres.
It might not match other estates for outright volume, but there is still plenty of practical space. With the seats folded the load area is completely flat, which makes loading and unloading very easy. There is also a 12V outlet for keeping things charged in the back plus lashing eyes to keep heavy items from sliding around.
Aside from the larger boot, the Focus Estate is fundamentally the same as the hatchback. That means there is as fairly spacious back row with room for adults and a much improved cabin up front. Material quality is good, with soft touch plastics on the dashboard and durable plastics elsewhere, plus there is a neat centre stack in place of the mess of buttons on the 2011-2014 model.
Top Titanium and Titanium X trim levels get the latest Ford touchscreen system, called Sync 2. This is a clear and generally user-friendly system, though some of the on-screen text can be a little small. Thankfully it responds better than most infotainment systems when it comes to voice commands, so it lets drivers keep their eyes on the road.
There is plenty of interesting driver assistance and safety technology available, including cruise control, traffic sign recognition, collision mitigating brakes and even an automated parking system. This can perform bay or parallel parking automatically and will even help you out of a tight space, but it is only standard on top Titanium X trim, or optional on other trim levels.
Style models come with roof rails, air conditioning, Easy-Fuel misfuelling prevention, hill start assist, electric front windows, 16-inch steel wheels, DAB radio, AUX in, USB in and Bluetooth connectivity.
Zetec trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, Quickclear windscreen, heated door mirrors and front fog lights.
Zetec S trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, styling kit, sports pedals, sports suspension, keyless start, LED running and rear lights.
Titanium trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, SYNC2 touchscreen, active city stop, auto lights, auto wipers, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control plus cruise control with speed limiter.
Titanium X adds 17-inch alloy wheels, enhanced park assist, with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, xenon headlights, part-leather seats, heated front seats, power-operated driver’s seat along with LED ambient lighting.
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What's the Ford Focus Estate (2014 – 2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.0T EcoBoost 100 to 2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 29–68 mpg
The Ford Focus Estate has a broad engine range, as is typical for Ford models. There are six petrol engines with outputs ranging from 100PS to 250PS in the hot ST, plus there are seven diesel options ranging from 95PS to 185PS. The latter, again, is available in the high-performance ST variant.
The basic petrol is an ageing 1.6-litre Duratec and best avoided – the 1.0-litre Ecoboost is a better bet in either 100PS or 125PS outputs. These are fine for drivers who don’t tend to drive their car fully laden, but if you regularly tow trailers or stack the boot to the roof the more powerful 1.5-litre Ecoboost engines, with 150PS or 182PS outputs, are better.
And even better still are the diesel options. The 2.0-litre TDCi with 150PS makes light work of towing, thanks to peak torque of 370Nm. But for most, the lesser 1.5-litre diesel with 95PS, 105PS or 120PS is the perfect choice for the Focus Estate. It blends good everyday performance with impressive economy and low CO2 emissions.
In 105PS Econetic form the 1.5-litre TDCi is officially capable of 83.1mpg, with emissions of 88g/km. However we’d go for the more powerful 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi. It is free to tax, yet it’s perfectly capable of hauling along a Focus Estate even when loaded, with relatively little noise entering the cabin and enough torque to make light work of motorway slip roads or long distance driving.
Regardless of engine, the Focus Estate is a good car to drive. The steering gives a decent level of feedback and is very nicely weighted, as are the pedals and gear change. Through corners the Focus Estate can be either relaxing and easy or involving and fun, thanks to well-judged suspension that is comfortable yet keeps body roll in check.
Those who value enjoyment over comfort can opt for a Zetec S model, which gets a slightly stiffer and sportier suspension set up. There is also a much more driver-focused ST model on offer with performance to match its handling. ST models get either a 250PS petrol or a 185PS diesel engine, both of which give swift 0-62mph times of just over eight seconds.
|1.0T EcoBoost 100||59 mpg||12.7 s||109 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 125||59 mpg||11.2 s||110 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 125 Automatic||51 mpg||12.2 s||125 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 140||57 mpg||10.6 s||114 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 105 ECOnetic||83 mpg||12.1 s||88 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 120||74 mpg||10.7 s||98–99 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 120 Powershift||74 mpg||11.0 s||99–109 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 150||71 mpg||9.0 s||105 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 150 Powershift||64 mpg||8.9 s||115 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 95||74 mpg||12.2 s||98–99 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 150||50 mpg||9.1 s||128 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 150 Automatic||46 mpg||9.4 s||140 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 182||50 mpg||8.8 s||128 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 182 Automatic||46 mpg||8.8 s||140 g/km|
|1.6||47 mpg||12.5 s||139 g/km|
|1.6 Powershift||45 mpg||11.9 s||149 g/km|
|1.6 PowerShift||45 mpg||11.9 s||146–149 g/km|
|1.6 TDCi 115||67–74 mpg||10.8–12.2 s||98–109 g/km|
|1.6 TDCi 95||47–67 mpg||12.5 s||109–136 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150||71 mpg||9.0 s||105 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift||64 mpg||8.9 s||115 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Ford Focus Estate (2014 – 2018)
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