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Ford Focus Estate review

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13 Nov 2018 11:10 | Last updated: 16 Nov 2018 15:08

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Ford Focus estate running costs

Mid-spec Zetec and ST-Line models are relatively pricey compared with equivalent Skoda Octavia Estates and not far off the better-equipped SE version of the Volkswagen Golf Estate, so the Focus Estate isn’t as cheap as you might think.

However, it’s a different story if you compare three-year, 10,000-mile-per-year PCP finance deals, with the disparity to the Octavia falling to just a few pounds per month, even if the Kia Ceed Sportswagon is still likely to cost significantly less.

Predicted resale values for the Focus are also respectable, roughly matching those of the Golf and Octavia.

What’s more, all of the Ecoboost petrol engines have efficiency-enhancing cylinder deactivation technology; this shuts down one cylinder when you’re cruising gently and means, for example, that the 123bhp 1.0-litre average 58.8mpg and 108g/km of CO2 in official tests. That's in line with what Skoda and Volkswagen publish for the Octavia and Golf in 1.0 TSI form.

Ford Focus estate equipment

Entry-level Style models come with 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and electric front and rear windows. However, we’d recommend you at least upgrade to the big-selling Zetec trim, because as well as the infotainment upgrades mentioned earlier, it brings cruise control and a heated windscreen.

The next rung on the ladder, ST Line, is also worth considering, because this has all of the above plus keyless start, aluminium pedals, sports seats, 17in wheels and more aggressive exterior styling.

Our pick, though, would be Titanium, which is still reasonably priced and extremely well equipped, getting power-folding door mirrors, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control.

ST-Line X also has the majority of these features, along with sports suspension, 18in alloy wheels and the same sporty styling as the ST-Line. However, models even further up the range don’t look such good value.

Ford Focus Estate underfloor storage

Ford Focus estate reliability

According to our most recent survey, Ford’s reliability record is only average. The data – compiled from information supplied by you – placed the brand 18th out of the 31 represented, even if this current version of the Focus was too new to feature.

Ford’s standard warranty, meanwhile, lasts for three years or 36,000 miles. That’s on a par with what you get from Skoda, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, but nothing compared with Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited mileage warranty or Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile scheme. If you want that level of cover from Ford, you need to pay extra.

Ford Focus estate safety and security

The crash-testers at Euro NCAP gave the latest Focus five stars, although if you look at the adult and child occupant protection scores, they weren’t quite as high as some of its rivals’.

You do, however, get lots of active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking (which recognises cars, pedestrians and cyclists) and lane-keeping assistance on all trims, while the reasonably priced Driver Assistance Pack adds traffic sign recognition, automatic main beam assist and adaptive cruise control.

The last of these systems is particularly clever, including steering assistance that works at motorway speeds and a function for automatic versions that can bring the car to a halt and move it off again in stop-start traffic. But it’s disappointing that you have to add a second pack to get blindspot warning as well.

All Focus Estate models come with a Thatcham Research category one alarm and immobiliser, mean the car is good at resisting being broken into and stolen.

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Verdict

The Ford Focus Estate stands out as the best handling family wagon, complemented by a fine ride, generous passenger space and a large boot with some handy design features. Just bear in mind that the interior feels distinctly low rent and the seats aren't as clever as rivals'.

  • Sweet handling
  • Loads of space in the back
  • Practical boot with seats up
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Dated infotainment
  • Could be more versatile
There are 8 trims available for the Focus estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Style
This entry-level trim gets some decent kit, including 16in alloy wheels, electric windows, driver’s side lumbar adjustment, air-con, a DAB radio, automatic emergency braking and lane assist. It onl...View trim
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Zetec
Zetec trim builds on entry-level Style with front foglights, a heated windscreen, a front centre armrest, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control and a 6.5in colour touchscreen infota...View trim
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ST-Line
If you're after something that looks a little sportier, this is the trim to go for. It comes with everything that Zetec has, plus 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, LED front foglights, chromed...View trim
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Titanium
Comes with everything Zetec trim has and adds power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, passenger height and lumbar...View trim
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Titanium X
Adds 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, part-leather seat trim and six-way electric driver’s seat adjustment to Titanium, but also makes the Focus Estate rather pricey...View trim
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ST-Line X
All the ST-Line features, plus bigger 18in wheels, power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, automatic wipers, part-leather seats with six-way electric adjustment o...View trim
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