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Ford Focus Estate review

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Ford Focus Estate
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10 Dec 2015 10:41 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:03

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Space & practicality

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Ford Focus estate front space

There’s plenty of room for tall adults; there’s good head- and legroom, and enough elbowroom for you and your front-seat passenger to sit in comfort. The Focus Estate is certainly up there with the Skoda Octavia and VW Golf estates for front-seat space.

There’s a fair amount of storage in entry-level Style editions, which all have door pockets that are big enough for a 1.0-litre bottle, and an area at the base of the dashboard that’s useful for storing your smartphone. There’s a small drawer near the steering wheel for loose change, too.

Posher editions get a raised section between the front seats that doubles as an armrest. Inside it there’s a storage area that contains the multimedia connections, and a small tray for you to store your phone in. These versions of the Focus Estate also get two adjustable cupholders next to the chunky manual handbrake.

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Ford Focus estate rear space

Although the Focus Estate has more rear headroom than the Focus hatchback, it doesn’t match the headroom offered in rivals such as the VW Golf, and there’s a lot less legroom than in the Skoda Octavia. The Focus will still be comfortable for two average-height adults, mind you, even on long journeys, but anyone sitting in the middle will find the central tunnel troublesome and the hard seat cushion uncomfortable.

Rear leg room in the ST models is much tighter because the chunky Recaro sports seats up front eat into the available space. ST-3 models even get a Recaro rear bench, which is more sculpted than the standard item and great for those at either side, but hopeless for anyone trying to sit in the middle.

At least access to the back is fine, so it’ll be easy to duck in with a squirming child.

You get a rear centre armrest (complete with two cupholders) on only Titanium and Titanium X versions; you can’t even add this as an option on lower trim levels. There are shallow storage areas to the side of the bench seat, but they’re odd shapes and are not rubberised, so anything you put in them will rattle around. All models get map pockets on the backs of the front seats.

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Ford Focus estate seating flexibility

The Focus Estate’s rear seats are split 60/40, but actually folding them down is a bit of a faff in this day and age. First, you need to flip forward the seatbases, before pressing the releases on each outer shoulder of the rear seat to fold down the backrest. It’s irritating when many rivals offer much more convenient levers in the boot that drop the seats automatically in one movement. ST-3 models get a Recaro rear bench that you can’t lift the seatbases of, so the seatbacks lie at quite a steep angle when dropped.

Only the top-spec models get a height-adjustable front passenger seat with manual lumbar adjustment; these features are not available, even as optional extras, on lower-spec Focus Estates.

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Ford Focus estate boot space

The Focus Estate’s boot isn’t the biggest for outright capacity; the Skoda Octavia Estate, VW Golf Estate and Peugeot 308 SW are all noticeably better. However, the Ford’s load bay is still wide, with a low load lip and a flat, squared-off floor that will make loading buggies or other bulky items easy. There are a couple of shopping-bag hooks and a load bay cover that you can pull across or retract one-handed, too.

It’s just a shame there’s no adjustable-height floor, nor any under-floor storage. Still, the load bay floor is pretty smooth when the rear seats are folded down, and the two chunky handles on the inside of the tailgate make it easy to grab and shut.

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