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Ford Focus Estate engines, drive and performance

2005 - 2011 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The engine choice in the estate range is similar to that of the hatchback, albeit without the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol. Petrol engines start with a 100bhp 1.6-litre. A more fuel efficient and more powerful 1.6 is also offered, producing 115bhp along with a 1.8-litre engine delivering 125bhp. The top of the range petrol is the 145bhp 2.0-litre which manages the 0-62mph sprint in just 9.4 seconds but can still return 40mpg.

However it’s the diesels that make the most sense, especially if you intend to cover long distances with heavy loads. The entry-level engine is the 1.6 TDCi with 90bhp, although a 110bhp version (which uses a diesel particulate filter) is also available and is noticeable nippier. All models come with a five-speed gearbox except the 2.0 TDCi, which is a six-speeder.

One of the Focus’s greatest strengths is its handling and the estate version is no different. Even models with modest powerplants offer an enjoyable driving experience thanks to responsive steering and nimble yet surefooted behaviour through bends. Rivals have sought to catch up in this area, but few can match the Focus. Ride quality also benefits from the sophisticated suspension which provides a settled and composed ride at all times, even in sportier models.