Ford Focus Estate 2018 - everything you need to know

  • News, specifications and tech details about the Mk4 Focus Estate
  • Engines and trims with replicate the Hatchback line-up
  • Fans of the ST version will have to wait until 2019

The fourth generation of Ford Focus Estate might look sleeker than its outgoing predecessor, but it boasts a larger load area, and comes comprehensively updated with a new suite of safety equipment and improved infotainment connected technology.

Ford Focus Estate

The 2018 Focus Estate competes against some very talented – and roomy – rivals in the lower-medium family car market, but in its quest to maintain estate-car market leadership, the company promises a car that's better to drive, safer and more efficient.

Also read: 2018 Ford Focus hatchback revealed

Chief among its rivals are the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Volkswagen Golf Estate, but a slew of other pretenders to the crown include the Fiat Tipo Station Wagon, Hyundai i30 Tourer, Kia Ceed Sportswagon, Peugeot 308 SW, Renault Megane Sport Tourer, SEAT Leon ST, Skoda Octavia Estate, Subaru Levorg Sport Tourer and Toyota Auris Touring Sports.

New styling: sleeker but with more room inside

The new Focus Estate shares the more curvaceous design language displayed more obviously on its five-door hatchback counterpart. This is a good move, because in a market that's becoming saturated with SUVs and crossovers, buyers might be missing out on the additional practicality of an estate car because they're put off by less on-trend styling.

With a deeper grille, and headlamps reminiscent of some of Volvo’s more recent designs, the Mk4 Focus Estate builds upon the evolutionary styling already seen on the current Ford Fiesta range.

As with the Focus Estate the newcomer replaces, the tail lights are arranged horizontally, with a split to enable a usefully wide tailgate opening. Aerodynamics are improved thanks to Ford's active grille-shutter technology, and active air management underneath the car.

Ford Focus Estate 2018: how big is it inside?

Ford clearly knows its customers, as the company says that the Focus Estate's luggage space is designed to comfortably accommodate a dog crate. Maximum load spage with the seats folded down is 1,650 litres.

Most importantly, it's larger than before, with load height increased by 43mm, the length to the rear seat increased by 25mm and total load length increaed by 175mm.

The 2018 Focus Estate is offered with Ford’s Hands-free tailgate technology allows access to the boot space with a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. You also get to fold the rear seats with the push of a button. Finally, the flexible load floor incorporates space for the quick-release tonneau cover.

What engines will be available in the 2018 Ford Focus Estate?

The 2018 Focus Estate will feature an identical range of engines to its Hatchback sibling. EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines will be available from the start, all being turbocharged for both performance and efficiency.

The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol is described by Ford as an all-new unit, claiming that it's a a more efficient than the old motor of the same size. The 1.0-litre Focus models also boast improved economy figures, aided by cylinder shut-off technology – a world first for a three-cylinder car.

Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard across the vast majority of the range, with an eight-speed automatic option for all models above 120hp.

The launch range of engines consists of:

  • 1.0T EcoBoost 85hp petrol
  • 1.0T EcoBoost 100hp petrol
  • 1.0T EcoBoost 125hp petrol
  • 1.5T EcoBoost 150hp petrol
  • 1.5T EcoBoost 182hp petrol
  • 1.5 TDCi 95hp diesel
  • 1.5 TDCi 120hp diesel
  • 2.0 TDCi 150hp diesel

Top speeds, 0-62mph acceleration times, fuel efficiency and CO2 emission figures will be confirmed later.

Will there be any fast Ford Focus Estates?

If recent history is anything to go by, then it’s safe to assume that there will be even quicker Focus ST Estates to come, with more than 200hp in petrol form, although a more modestly powered diesel will likely be available, too. Don’t expect those to be in showrooms before spring 2019, though.

What’s far less likely is a Focus RS Estate: Ford is very keen to protect the heritage of its RS sub-brand, meaning it’s improbable – but not impossible – that it would create a super-fast load-lugger.

Will there be an electric Ford Focus Estate?

This is much less clear at this early juncture. On one hand, electric versions of the outgoing Focus Hatchback sold in tiny numbers, but more manufacturers intend to offer battery electric vehicle (BEV) versions of their core models in the next few years.

It may well be that Ford has engineered the 2018 Focus Estate’s underpinnings to be easily converted for electrified power just to cover its back if nothing else.

What’s more likely, at least in the mid-term, is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Mk4 Focus Estate, likely with a small-capacity petrol engine, paired with enough battery capacity to cover shorter journeys on electricity alone.

What 2018 Ford Focus Estate trim levels are offered?

No surprise that the fourth-generation Focus Estate features a specification hierarchy similar to both the outgoing model and the smaller Fiesta.

Standard equipment levels are yet to be confirmed, we do know that the core range will start with Style and progress through Zetec and Titanium and conclude at Titanium X.

For those looking for something more luxurious, the Focus Estate will be available in more indulgent Vignale guise for the first time. It's laden with lashings of chrome decor and a leather interior among other distinguishing features.

If you’re on the looking for something sportier – but with more modest running costs than the 2019 Focus ST – then the racier ST-Line and ST-Line X could fit the bill.

Ford will follow-up on the Ka+ Active and Fiesta Active, with a pseudo-crossover Focus Active, but initial indications are that this is likely to be available only with the Focus Hatchback bodystyle.

Prices for the 2018 Ford Focus Estate will be confirmed later, with the first customer deliveries expected before the end of the year.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this compact holdall, so check back with us soon for the full Ford Focus Estate review