Review: Ford Focus Estate (2018)

Rating:

Big boot, great to drive.

Expensive in some trim levels.

Ford Focus Estate (2018): At A Glance

The 2018 Ford Focus is cheaper and larger than before and powered by updated range of petrol and diesel engines. 

Priced from £19,400, this Ford Focus estate undercuts the outgoing model on price and spec, with entry-level Style models getting automatic headlights, alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, electronic parking brake and a spare wheel as standard.

The engine range includes the familiar three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. There is also a new four-cylinder 1.5 Ecoboost unit that uses cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel under light loads. Outputs range from 85PS to 182PS, with 1.0-litre units using a six-speed manual gearbox and 1.5 engines getting the option of Ford’s new eight-speed auto.

Despite the backlash against diesel, the 2018 Focus gets two TDCi units in the form of 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBlue diesels. Outputs range from 95PS - 150P and the 1.5 EcoBlue will return 80.7mpg, while the 1.0 EcoBoost will return as much as 60.1mpg according to the advertised figures. All engines have been assessed under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

The new car is laden with tech; adaptive cruise control features a stop and go function that can read speed signs so it can automatically adjust its speed to comply. Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist system now detects pedestrians and cyclists and can automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision. Evasive Steering Assist will help the drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid accidents.

There are five trim levels to choose from - Style, Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale. Prices for the estate in Style trim start at £19,400. Range-topping Vignale models start from £25,350 for the hatch and £26,900 for the estate. 

What does a Ford Focus Estate (2018) cost?

List Price from £18,540
Buy new from £16,341
Contract hire from £179.77 per month

Real MPG average for a Ford Focus Estate (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

73%

Real MPG

27–61 mpg

MPGs submitted

50

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Should I run my 2014 Focus into the ground or sell it while it's still got some value?

My 2014 Ford Focus already has about 61,000 miles and I'm considering whether I should sell and buy a used or new car, or run the Focus into the ground instead. Fuel efficiency hasn't been great as it's an automatic petrol (40mpg). I go about 120 miles on the motorway on normal working days and, for a family with two little ones, it's starting to feel a little tight with space with the kid's car seats. I'm not a keen on a manual or diesel car, but would consider either automatic petrol or petrol/hybrid. Any suggestions?
It sounds like your family's outgrowing the Focus. I'd be tempted to upgrade while it's still got some value. Don't dismiss diesels - they make a lot of sense for 120 motorway miles a day. I'd be looking for a diesel crossover SUV like a Skoda Karoq - it'll be very practical, efficient and comfortable for motorway driving. Also consider a Peugeot 3008 or, if you'd prefer an estate, perhaps a Ford Focus Estate or Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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