Ford Focus estate driving position
All Focus Estates benefit from a well-bolstered driver’s seat that offers a wide range of adjustment, including lumbar. But the Comfort Seats (standard higher up the range and an option low down) are particularly good, even featuring extendable squabs.
There’s also loads of reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel. Plus, the pedals line up perfectly, and, if you opt for Zetec trim or above, you get a front centre armrest that’s the same height as the armrest on the door.
Ford Focus estate visibility
You won’t have any complaints about the view forward or at junctions. And while side windows that taper up towards a couple of thickish rear pillars compromise your over-shoulder vision, the rear screen itself is large and deep.
Less impressive is the fact that parking sensors are standard only from the relatively pricey ST-Line X trim, although you can add them to cheaper models at the front and rear for only a few hundred pounds.
A rear-view camera is also available, as part of the Convenience Pack, but more powerful LED headlights are optional only on the upper trims (standard on Vignale).
Ford Focus estate infotainment
The list of infotainment equipment that you get with entry-level Style trim includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth and two USB ports. However, you have to make do with a 4.2in screen that looks pretty basic, so we’d recommend upgrading to a Zetec or ST-Line model.
These bring a 6.5in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to tether your phone and control selected functions, such as navigation apps, through the car. It’s just a pity the system isn’t as quick to respond as those found in the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf estates.
Sadly, the same criticism can be levelled at the 8.0in system that’s standard in Titanium and ST-Line X models, although this does include everything from built-in sat-nav with live traffic updates to a wi-fi hotspot for up to 10 devices.
The regular stereo has six speakers, while the upgraded 675W Bang & Olufsen Play sound system brings another four (including a subwoofer). Standard on the flagship Vignale model and an option lower down the range, it’s well worth considering if you love your music.
Ford Focus estate build quality
Compared with the previous Focus Estate, this latest model represents a step up in perceived quality – but only a small one. As a result, it still falls well short of the Octavia and Kia Ceed Sportswagon, let alone the Golf.
Even the soft-touch materials used high up aren’t especially appealing, while hard, scratchy plastics are found in prominent lower positions, such as around the temperature controls.
It’s a real missed opportunity, although the exalted trims do come with faux chrome, wood or carbonfibre highlights in an effort to liven them up (some are reasonably successful, while others look as cheap as a pack of Pound Shop pens), while Vignale cars get a leather-wrapped dashboard to match their seats.