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 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
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.