Every Focus Estate comes with stability control, hill-start assist (which stops the car from rolling backwards when pulling away on an incline) and seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. It also has a system that distributes the engine’s power to the front wheel with the most traction, helping to reduce any possible wheelspin through corners.
Blindspot monitoring is optional on most trims, while you can add adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning systems to high-end versions. You’ll also have to pay extra for automatic emergency city braking on all but Titanium and Titanium X models. The Focus Estate gets four stars here because some rivals, including the VW Golf Estate, offer emergency city braking as standard on all models.
It should be safe in an accident, however. While the Focus Estate has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP, the hatchback version has. That got the maximum five stars overall in its 2012 test, with impressive scores of 92% for adult occupant protection, 82% for child occupant protection, and 72% for pedestrian protection; we’d expect this estate version to perform similarly well.
An engine immobiliser and an alarm are fitted to all Focus Estates. Security experts Thatcham rated the car as competitive within its class for security, awarding it five out of five for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.