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For The Ford Focus is the sweetest-handling of all small estate cars. It's well equipped, competitively priced and as practical as most rivals.

Against The low-speed ride may prove a little firm for some tastes and the interior quality is not in the same league as a Volkswagen Golf's.

Ford Focus Estate
44 5stars

A superbly rounded family estate, the Ford Focus is practical, well specified, competitively priced and great to drive.

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4.5

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There are 26 Ford Focus versions available

Estate 1.6 105 Style 5dr £17,880
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDCi 95 Style 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5 TDCi 95 Style 5dr £17,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Style 5dr £18,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 125 Style auto 5dr £18,545
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Estate 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £19,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr £19,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec 5dr £19,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 125 Zetec 5dr £19,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 125 Zetec S 5dr £19,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr £19,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec S 5dr £20,645
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec S 5dr £20,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 125 Zetec S 5dr £20,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £20,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr £20,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5 TDCi 120 Titanium 5dr £20,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 125 Titanium auto 5dr £21,045
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Estate 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £21,145
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £21,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5T 150 Ecoboost Zetec S 5dr £21,645
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5T 150 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr £21,885
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £22,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5 TDCi 120 Titanium X 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £23,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.5T 182 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr £24,610
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There isn't a bad engine among the ones in the Ford Focus range that we've tried, but we reckon the best is the 113bhp 1.6 diesel. It’s strong enough and impressively smooth, although it’s not as efficient as some rivals in real-world driving.

All versions come with air-conditioning, electric front windows and Bluetooth. We’d understand if you wanted to upgrade to Titanium trim, because this brings a posher-looking dashboard stereo that gives the cabin a real lift, although it’s not cheap.

Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning with built-in lane-keeping are all available as options. As is Forward Alert, which warns of an impending crash, buzzing up a visual and audible alert. It can even apply the brakes to help minimise an impact.

Reader test team says:

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 105 Zetec Navigator 5dr

Seats are comfy and a good driving position. Good vision and plenty of room inside. Useful estate car. Very messy controls both on the steering…

John Ben

3 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium Navigato 5dr

Comfortable driving position and great handling, economy is very good, I am averaging 63 to 64mpg, nearly as good as my previous car a Ford Fiesta…

Brian Collison

5 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Estate 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium X 5dr

Just brilliant, had a Volvo V50 before this, bought the Volvo on its reliability badge but it was so poor, didn't even drive car for the first 4 monte…

John Clark

5 out of 5 stars

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr

Well what can I say? I went looking for a Focus for a family friend and bought one myself. I was a fan of the new shape when I saw it at the Geneva…

Steve Milsom

5 out of 5 stars
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