Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Lots of frugal petrol and diesel options
  • Sportier versions will follow
  • No news of hybrid or electric power

A diverse engine range with a huge amount of choice – and quite a bit of crossover, so make sure you choose wisely.

Ford Focus Estate EcoBoost petrol engines

Options here are based around 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre EcoBoost units with power from 85-182hp:

  • 1.0T EcoBoost 85hp, 170Nm, 0-62mph in 13.9 seconds
  • 1.0T EcoBoost 100hp, 170Nm, 0-62mph in 12.5 seconds
  • 1.0T EcoBoost 125hp, 170/200Nm overboost, 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds
  • 1.5T EcoBoost 150hp, 240Nm, 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds
  • 1.5T EcoBoost 182hp, 240Nm, 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds

Frugal EcoBlue diesel engines

Here you can have 95-150hp from a choice of 1.5- and 2.0-litre engines:

  • 1.5 TDCi 95hp, 300Nm, 0-62mph in 11.8 seconds
  • 1.5 TDCi 120hp, 300Nm, 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds
  • 2.0 TDCi 150hp, 370Nm, 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds

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.

Will there be an electric Ford Focus Estate?

This is much less clear. 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 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.

  • Focus Estate is the best-handling in its class
  • Lively steering and agile chassis
  • Feels much smaller than it is

The best thing about the way the Focus Estate drives is that it feels just like a regular Focus hatchback. That might sound like an obvious statement, but what’s most apparent with the load-lugging version is that it doesn’t feel like a car with a huge boot at the back (and the extra body work compared with the hatch).

The steering is light and accurate which means it feels responsive even on the twistiest of roads, and is quick to respond in town which makes it great for manoeuvring. If you want it to feel a bit heavier, select Sport in the drive mode selection. There are also Normal and Eco driving modes available via a switch near the gearlever.

At first, some will find the steering a bit too quick to respond and you might find yourself correcting your line in a bend because it’s just that speedy, but you’ll quickly get used to it and realise just how little effort you need to put in. It’s not full of feedback to the driver, but it’s one of the better cars in the class in this regard.

There’s some bodyroll to contend with (there’s only so much Ford’s engineers can do to disguise that big body) but it feels a much lighter and responsive car in the bends than a Volkswagen Golf Estate or Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.

The reason the Focus Estate handles so well is that it benefits from a more sophisticated rear suspension set-up than some versions of the regular Focus hatchback. In short, it doesn’t jolt or fidget over bumps, and remains comfortable and balanced at the same time, making the estate an enjoyable drive in any spec.