Used Ford Focus Estate 2004 - 2011 review

Category: Estate car

A great estate at a great price

Ford Focus Estate (04 - 11)
  • Ford Focus Estate (04 - 11)
  • Ford Focus Estate (04 - 11)
Used Ford Focus Estate 2004 - 2011 review
Star rating

What's the used Ford Focus estate like?

A cracking load-carrier at prices you'll like, the Focus hatch may be the best of the range to drive, but the estate versions are not far behind.

Drivers will love the way it responds to the controls, particularly the steering, which lets you thread through bends and place the car just where you want it to be.


A great estate at a great price

  • It's practical, roomy
  • and cheap to run
  • The ride is stiff at low speeds

LX and Ghia models give a more comfortable ride than the sportier Zetec, Sport or Titanium, but they all jolt over the bumps in town. The engines are quiet, but too much road noise enters the cabin.

It's exceptionally comfortable for driver and passengers, too, and room in the back is generous, though not class-leading.

If you're watching the pennies, the Focus's reliability and cheap servicing will make you smile. But, think carefully about how old a car you buy. Most models have lost almost two-thirds of their value by their third birthday, so a nearly new car may not be such a bargain. But, if you look at it another way, a three-year-old Focus is great value.

Ownership cost

What used Ford Focus estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus estate?

Ford has a well-earned reputation for making its cars cheap to run and the Focus estate continues the good work.

Annual servicing is cheap and easy. What's more, any self-respecting garage should be able to tackle it with ease, so you needn't pay Ford-dealer rates. The Focus is also renowned for its reliability and its happy ability to rack up huge mileages without needing major work. When parts eventually do need replacing, they usually cost less than most.

Insurance is cheap: most models are in groups 5, 6,or 7 and even the 2.0 petrol models are only in group 10. And, fuel economy is impressive, too: diesels manage up to 60mpg overall, while the most frugal petrol engine, the 113bhp 1.6, achieves up to 42mpg and even the 2.0 nears up to 40mpg day-to-day. Early depreciation is high, but slows after the three-year mark, so do your sums carefully before buying a nearly new car.

Our recommendations

Which used Ford Focus estate should I buy?

The big range spans seven engines and six trim levels. The 1.6 diesel and petrols power most of the cars cars in the used market and, as you'd expect, they make the most sensible buys. However, the 108bhp version of the diesel is better in every way than the 89bhp engine.

The 1.8 and 2.0 diesel and 2.0 petrols that complete the line-up are all sound, but not really worth the extra you'll pay for them.

Every Focus is well equipped, but you should avoid the entry-level Studio model because it lacks the air-con, CD player and curtain airbags you'll find in other models.

Move up one step to the LX and Zetec and you'll find excellent specification at keen prices - the LX has more comfort comforts, while the Zetec has a few sporty add-ons.

Overall, we'd pick a 1.6 petrol in LX trim - which also happens to be the most widely available model.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford Focus estate?