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.