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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.
  • 1.6 TDCi 109 DPF Titanium 5dr

    Ian McIntyre Date: 24/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Update on Previous rant over late delivery........I've had the car 7 months and covered 24k. It had a very hard act to follow....Audi A4 Avant which as regards quality of build and interior materials was in another league. My biggest gripes are road noise and turbo lag when setting off.......you want a quick getaway you gotta keep the revs up......had to utter (scream!!) some choice words when some prat nipped in front of me whilst setting off in queuing traffic the other day. Having said that, I got it for economy (48mpg and only 13% personal co car tax) and practicality (much bigger load carrying capacity than the Audi) So to sum up, it's a work horse and it does it's job admirably........but I wouldn't entertain it for purely personal use. I suppose you could call it a posh van really.

  • 1.8 TDCi 115 Zetec Climate 5dr

    Phil Greenland , cheshire . Date: 15/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    There's too much turbo lag, the car is not as economical as it should be, as well as too much road noise and a strange damp smell from the air-con once it's turned off.

    Otherwise, though, it's a very competent car to drive. I will choose the 1.6 Duratec diesel next time, because it's a much smoother engine without the lag of the 1.8.

  • 1.8 TDCi 115 Ghia 5dr

    John McNaughton , West Midlands . Date: 23/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought my 1.8 TDCi Ghia Estate from new and been pretty pleased with it. Cruise control is great and the seats are really comfortable. Radio (Sony) has a superb sound. Boot is spacious. Approx 42mpg around town

    Problems I’ve had, for some strange reason they’ve done away with the boot release inside the car you can only open it with the remote key. One day couldn’t open the boot had take it back to the dealer they had to climb inside remove rear boot panel to fix it.

    Took it back rear door intermittent sometimes wouldn’t close properly, dealer replaced boot switch, perfect now.

    The worrying fault I had pulled off the drive went to drive away steering locked warning on instruments STEERING FAILURE stopped turn engine off re started steering fine. Back to dealer they found electrical fault on engine management.

  • 1.6 16v 100 LX 5dr

    Cameron Douglas , West Yorkshire . Date: 26/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A fantastic car to drive, even better than the previous version of the Focus estate. Excellent legroom up front for someone who's 6'5", even though there's not much behind me. I have an extremely heavy right foot and regularly get 26-28mpg even though this engine is supposed to get around 40-odd mpg, very vocul in the upper revs. Excellent handling even at speeds round corners.

    Problems are that the windows attract more road dust that the previous model meaning the washer fluid can be gone (all 3+litres of it) on a long distance drive and that the drivers seat squeaks which is partially my fault for enjoying it so immensely.

    Overall a fantastic car with a big boot too!

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