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Focus Estate
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Driving

Price (on the road)

£19,090-£30,300

Target Price (cash)

£17,471-£28,940

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Rear park assist
  • 8.0in colour touchscreen
  • Cruise control

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

£221.32-£474.27/month

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Engines

1.0 EcoBoost 100
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1.0 EcoBoost 85
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1.5 EcoBoost 175
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1.5 EcoBoost 150 Auto
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1.0 EcoBoost 125 Auto
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1.5 TDCi 95
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2.0 TDCi Powershift
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1.5 TDCi 120 Powershift
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1.0 EcoBoost 140 Navigation
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2.0 TDCi 185
This powerful diesel engine is available in the sporty ST model only, and it helps turn the Focus Estate into a remarkably entertaining fast wagon. You get a big surge of power as the turbo kicks in, which can make things a touch unruly on damp, poorly surfaced roads. It’s generally great fun, though, even if it is harder to drive smoothly than the lower-powered diesel versions.
2.0 TDCi
The lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel engine offers strong performance that makes brisk progress seem easy, and it’s happy to sit in a high gear around town without stuttering. However, we’d say it’s worth the extra cash over the 1.5 TDCi 120 only if punchy acceleration is a necessity. Like that engine, it is also available with a manual or automatic gearbox.
1.5 TDCi 120
This is the best engine in the range. It has impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions, so brings low running costs, yet it’s powerful enough for confident overtaking or when merging with fast motorway traffic. It’s also happy to pull from low revs, so you won’t have to change gear every few seconds to keep it in its sweet spot. Manual or automatic gearboxes are available with this engine.
1.5 TDCi 105 ECOnetic
The most economical and efficient engine available in the Focus Estate. It’s offered only in Style Econetic trim, and gets more aerodynamic wheel covers and low-rolling-resistance tyres to help it emit less than 90g/km of CO2. It’s hard to recommend, though, when the more powerful version of the same engine still dips under 100g/km, so is still cheap to run, and is available in more desirable trim levels.
1.5 TDCi 95
This 94bhp version of Ford’s 1.5-litre diesel engine is fine as long as you’re not planning to carry huge loads in your Focus Estate. It’s efficient, too, managing to dip under the 100g/km mark of CO2 emissions. However, the 1.5 TDCi 120 is only a few hundred pounds more expensive – so only a few pounds per month, if you’re paying on finance or choosing it as a company car. It’s also no less efficient and much more comfortable with powering the Focus Estate’s bulk, so is the better choice.
2.0T EcoBoost
The range-topping petrol engine is available only with the ST hot hatch version. It’s a fantastic, free-revving turbocharged engine that delivers the full ‘fast Ford’ experience, even in this Focus Estate. There is a noticeable surge as the turbo kicks in, but it’s still easy to drive the car smoothly. It’s a justifiable choice if you’re after a proper fast estate. A manual gearbox is the only transmission available.
1.5 EcoBoost 182
Offers slightly stronger performance than the lower-powered 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, but isn’t really worth the extra money, especially because it’s available only in expensive, high-end trim levels. It’s offered with a manual or automatic gearbox.
1.5 EcoBoost
Helps make the Focus Estate great fun to drive, but it also makes it a bit pricey, so is worth the premium over the 1.0-litre Ecoboost only if you’re specifically after something with punchy performance. This engine can be combined with a manual or automatic gearbox.
1.0 EcoBoost 125
This is the best petrol engine in the range – it’s punchy, quiet and revs freely, and it helps make the Focus Estate good to drive whether on the motorway or in town. A manual gearbox is the only transmission available with this engine, though.
1.0 EcoBoost
A great choice if you mostly drive in town, this 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine picks up keenly from low revs and is refined and free revving. The lack of a sixth gear isn’t an issue, but it’s a shame there’s no automatic gearbox available.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

41.5-83.1 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

101-99 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-F

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1502 litres

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