Space & practicality

Ford Focus Estate review

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Ford Focus Estate front
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13 Nov 2018 11:10 | Last updated: 16 Nov 2018 15:08

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Ford Focus estate front space

The Skoda Octavia Estate may provide slightly more front head room, but even the tallest drivers should still be fine in the Focus Estate, and its leg and shoulder room are up with the very best.

As a bonus, there are several handy storage spaces dotted around, and the door bins have carpet linings so oddments won’t irritatingly jangle around.

Ford Focus estate rear space

A shortage of rear space was once a Focus Estate weakness, but that's no longer the case. Indeed, the latest version has even more leg room than the voluminous Octavia Estate, so a six-footer can easily fit behind a similar-sized driver.

True, the Focus has slightly less rear head room, but it’s more practical for three in the back, thanks to its much lower central tunnel affording the middle passenger extra foot space.

Ford Focus Estate boot

Ford Focus estate seating flexibility

You can fold the rear seats completely flat simply by pulling handles in the boot. However, they’re split 60/40, instead of in the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement that most rivals offer.

In addition, the Focus Estate misses out on a fold-flat front passenger seat. But there is a handy space beneath the boot floor for storing the luggage cover when it’s been removed to allow taller loads.

Ford Focus estate boot space

A 608-litre boot capacity ensures the Focus Estate is competitive with the Octavia and Golf estates, even if it’s slightly down on the 625 litres of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon.

What’s more, there’s no load lip to heave luggage over and the boot itself is a good square shape, so you don’t feel like you’re playing Tetris when packing numerous items.

A boot floor that can be folded up into a near-vertical position to divide the space in two and stop a few bags of shopping sliding around adds to the practicality.

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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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Active
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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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Active X
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