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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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23 reader reviews for Ford Focus Estate.
  • 2.0 TDCi 110 Zetec Auto 5dr

    Allen Harris , Berkshire . Date: 29/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I had to wait 5 months for delivery of this car due to demand for diesel vehicles but it was well worth it. I have a 1.6 petrol version of the same car so its good to compare them. The powershift gearbox changes gear very smoothly, the ride quality is excellent and its a very comfortable vehicle. I am also pleased with the leg room in the rear of the car. The car is not cheap compared to rivals but on a three/four year view I rate this as a very sound investment.

  • 1.8 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr

    Adam Howes , Hampshire . Date: 08/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      27

    My car

    I looked forward to the delivery of my new focus 1.8Tdci. Now having owned the car for 5 months I want rid of it, the turbo lag is dangerous and depressing. I can't believe that Ford still produce a Cast Iron engine, give it all the electronic wizzardry and shiny bits but it still has less go than a trabant ! The fuel consumption is shocking 26-27mpg, the build quality seems ok and the car looks as good as it's larger cousin. At least it seems reliable and is comfortable.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    Mike Dorking , West Yorkshire . Date: 04/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    The drive, roadholding, and ,as far as I can tell,economy are all very similar.The overall handling and braking are better but the road noise is more intrusive. So o/k so far. The cabin is very hard and not as comfortable. The console is much bigger and takes up space.The armrests are also now bigger for some reason and not well thought out.The rear armrests have a short flat section to rest on but you can't do this because the rest rises up to be used as a door handle.The front rests are bulky making it difficult to get stuff out of the pocket underneath.Now the worst part is that the recess for the door handle slopes into the car.This encourages you hand to slip off it.So what you may say but this action can easily break fingernails which is not much of a problem for me but the wife no no. It comes back to this hard plastic used extensively in th ecabin.I also notice it when my legs rest against it especially on the right where I have not been able to find an adjustment that allows my leg to miss the enormous arm rest lower section.This rockhard plastic also marks very easily so will look scruffy in tim Just one more point which is that when I looked at the brochure in the dealers it showed that there are scuff plates on the Zetec models.The car did not have these and when I asked about this the salesman just pointed me to the small print which says that Ford can do what they want with regard to specs.

  • 1.6 16v 100 Style 5dr

    Richard Banks , Norfolk . Date: 21/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The vehicle was registered on 1st April and will soon be due for its 1500 ile service. The service manual gives a average fuel consumption of 37.8 mpg (automatic) but we can only manage 27.3mpg.

    With rising fuel costs and a limited income unless the garage can fix the problem - they will have to keep the vehicle as it is totally unsustainable for our finances.

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