Ford Focus Estate (2018) Review

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Ford Focus Estate (2018) At A Glance

4/5

+Big boot, great to drive.

-Expensive in some trim levels.

Insurance Groups are between 13–14
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

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. 

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Real MPG average for a Ford Focus Estate (2018)

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

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Average performance

75%

Real MPG

27–61 mpg

MPGs submitted

71

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I want an estate car for a growing family and mostly short trips. Should I go hybrid or petrol?
"I have a Skoda Fabia 1.0-litre 110PS - which is great for my school run and occasional longer trips, but due to growing kids and a dog, I need a bigger car. I'm not a fan of SUVs so fancy an estate car. I have a budget of £20,000 and quite fancy a Toyota Corolla Estate but is the 1.8 hybrid worth the extra money over the 1.2 petrol? I cover about 6000 miles a year - which is mainly short trips of 10 miles with the occasional trip to London (from Manchester). Are there any other estates you would recommend. I don't want a VW Group car with a 1.5-litre petrol engine due to all the issues it seems to have."
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is an excellent estate car. We'd recommend the 1.8 hybrid - the 1.2 lacks guts and it sounds like a hybrid would suit your requirements well. The hybrid will hold its value better, too. Also, consider the Kia ProCeed (or Ceed Sportswagon) or a Ford Focus estate.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which estates have flat floors with the rear seats folded down?
"I own a Mk6 Volkswagen Golf Estate. I want my next car to have a flat floor too. However, after viewing a few new estates, I see that many don't offer a completely flat boot with the seat folded down. Would you please recommend any estate cars that have the flat floor after folding seats? Thank you very much."
Take a look at the latest Ford Focus Estate. It has a pretty flat floor with the rear seats dropped and there isn't much of a lip for lifting items over, either. We'd also recommend the Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
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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.
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Can you recommend a small estate car that doesn't have all the gadgets under the bonnet that cost serious money to repair?
"I currently own a Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI having bought in used from the main dealer. I have suffered a new clutch and DMF (fortunately under warranty) at 40k miles and now I have to fork out for an EGR valve at 70k. I'm getting some clutch judder again too. I longed for an Octavia but now can't wait to get shot of it. I will be doing about 18k a year with a lot of trips on motorways. I'm thinking diesel is no longer an option for the sake of the environment, my pocket and my sanity. Can you recommend a small estate car, probably petrol, that is economic, comfortable and reliable without all the gadgets under the bonnet that cost serious money to repair? I will likely buy used."
I wouldn't necessarily dismiss diesel despite the issues with your Octavia - it sounds like it'd suit your mileage well. I'd suggest looking at the latest Ford Focus estate or Kia Ceed SW - both very good cars. The Kia comes with a seven-year warranty when new, and this is transferable to the second owner so should put your mind at rest.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Ford Focus Estate (2018) cost?

Buy new from £21,350 (list price from £23,645)