4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

"Space and pace – the Ford Focus Estate can do it all."

Ford Focus Estate (18 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £24,660 - £37,710
Used price £10,240 - £33,520
Used monthly cost From £256 per month
Fuel Economy 34.9 - 67.3 mpg
Road tax cost £165
Insurance group 8 - 34 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Spacious interior and big boot
  • Clever new infotainment system
  • As good to drive as the hatchback

CONS

  • Dim-witted automatic gearbox
  • Cheapest engine labours with heavy loads
  • No PHEV or hybrid engine option

Ford Focus Estate rivals

Written by Luke Wilkinson on

In late 2021, Ford the fourth-generation Focus hatchback – and the Estate model was swept along by the wave. Updates to the car include a new front bumper, sharper LED headlights and redesigned grille with a “Ford” badge in its centre, echoing the design tweaks featured on the recently revised Fiesta supermini.

Inside, the updated Focus Estate also features a new 13.2-inch widescreen infotainment system, which runs on the same SYNC 4 software used on the pure-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. Practicality remains the same as the pre-facelift model – there’s 575 litres of boot space with the rear seats up or 1,650 litres with the bench stowed.

The trim-level structure is near-enough the same as before. The range opens with Ford’s back-to-basics Trend model, above which sits the Titanium, sporty ST-Line and off-road inspired Active specifications. However, the pre-facelift car’s flagship Vignale variant has been repurposed as the badge for Ford’s option pack, which bolts-on items like a digital gauge cluster, electrically adjustable seats and rear privacy glass.

Since the Mk1 model was launched in the 1990s, the Focus Estate has garnered quite the reputation for its mix of practicality and driver involvement. Now, there are plenty of rivals that are keen to knock it off its perch, such as the Volkswagen Golf Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate, Hyundai i30 Tourer and new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.

Despite the somewhat extensive cosmetic and technology tweaks, Ford hasn’t made many changes to the Focus Estate’s engine range. Like pre-facelift cars, buyers have a choice of three 1.0-litre petrol engines (two of which feature mild hybrid assistance) and one diesel engine, while performance fans can have a 280hp 2.3-litre petrol with the ST model.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Focus Estate’s engine range, but the decision to shy away from electrification might become a problem for the car. Rivals such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf are both available with plug-in hybrid powertrains, which makes them a more interesting proposition for company car drivers and for those living in emissions-controlled areas as the 2030 ban on combustion-engined cars looms.

Read on for our in-depth review of the Ford Focus Estate. Over the next few pages, we’ll consider each aspect of the car in detail, starting with its practicality and moving through its safety, comfort, technology, running costs, performance and driving experience. We’ll then give our final rating in our verdict page.

Ford Focus Estate rivals

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