Ford Focus sizes and dimensions guide

The Ford Focus has been one of Britain’s best-selling vehicles since its launch in 1999, and for good reason. The latest version is a winner thanks to its combination of space, driver appeal and price. Read on to discover the Focus’ crucial dimensions.

If you’re taken with its range of talents, put either the Ford Focus hatch, the Ford Focus Estate, the Ford Focus ST hatch or the Ford Focus ST estate in our carwow configurator to see what discounts are available.

Exterior dimensions

The Focus has definitely grown over the years, much like all family hatches, so those used to the size of the late nineties model should consider carefully whether a Focus is still right for them, or whether it’s time to downsize to the Fiesta.

If you still want a Focus but think you’ll struggle with the car’s size, you might want to order one with parking sensors. They are standard on Titanium models, but part of the £525 city pack for other models.

For those who are really struggling, there’s even an autonomous parking facility. Simply pull up beside a space large enough (the car even works that out for you) and control the pedals as the steering wheel magically whizzes you into the space. It’s an odd feeling at first, but it works really well.

Exterior dimensions
Length hatch/estate 4,358mm / 4,556mm
Width including wing mirrors 2,010mm
Height hatch/estate 1,469mm / 1,492mm
Wheelbase 2,648mm

Interior dimensions

Thanks to the Focus being longer and wider inside than its predecessor, it is able to offer more space for passengers and luggage. There’s plenty of room for the driver and four adults, and very few owners have complained about the seating position.

Ford doesn’t offer a three-door variant, which means easy rear access whichever version you choose. Headroom in the estate is a little better for rear seat passengers, so take a look at that if you regularly carry six-footers.

Storage elsewhere in the cabin isn’t really class-leading. The door bins are small, and the glovebox isn’t great. However, front seat occupants are treated to two generous cup holders.

Asterix * denotes models equipped with a sunroof.

Interior dimensions (hatchback)
Headroom (front/rear) 993mm (977mm*) / 962mm
Legroom (front/rear) 1,094mm / 849mm
Shoulder room (front/rear) 1,411mm / 1,336mm
Interior dimensions (estate)
Headroom (front/rear) 993mm (977mm*) / 999mm
Legroom (front/rear) 1,094mm / 849mm
Shoulder room (front/rear) 1,411mm / 1,336mm

Luggage capacity

In terms of capacity with the seats up, the Focus’ boot is poor for the class. At 316 litres, it’s no match for the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres) the Vauxhall Astra (351 litres) and way behind the cathedral-like Honda Civic (477 litres). Granted, not all of these offer a space saver spare wheel as you’ll find in the Focus but, if you take the option of a full-size spare instead, that figure drops even further to just 277 litres.

It also falls behind the class-leading Golf with the seats folded down. The Focus offers 1,215 litres of space compared to the Golfs 1,270 litres. The Focus estate addresses that offering more space with the seats up and down, but it isn’t the most spacious mid-size estate. If you’re looking for absurd amounts of luggage space for similar money then you may want to look at the Skoda Octavia Estate instead.

Boot space
Seats up hatch / estate 316 litres / 476 litres
Seats down hatch / estate 1,215 litres / 1,516 litres

Turning circle and fuel tank capacity

A turning circle of 11m is reasonable, but this increases by a whole metre for the Focus ST due to its larger tyres and suspension changes, making three-point turns noticeably more difficult. With a set of large alloy wheels, the risk of scraping them on kerbs also increases…

The hot Focus ST has a wider than standard turning circle

The size of the Focus’ fuel tank depends on the engine you specify. It ranges from 53 litres for the 1.6-litre TDCI diesel engine to 55 litres for all the petrols, and 60 litres for the 2.0-litre diesel. The Econetic diesel model has an incredible range of 924 miles, which makes it perfect for frequent motorway use. The rapid ST has to make do with a range of just under 400 miles. But you’ll probably be grinning too much to notice.

Turning circle 11 metres (ST 12 metres)
Fuel tank 53/55/60 litres (see text)


The kerb weight for the Focus starts at 1,264kg, which is about standard for the class. If we were getting technical then the Golf is a little lighter like-for-like, but not vastly so. The estate adds 40kg to the hatchback’s total, but that figure is imperceptible on the open road and shouldn’t affect fuel economy too much, either.

Lightest Heaviest
1,264kg (1.6 petrol) 1,471kg (2.0 diesel Auto Estate)

Want to know more?

If you’ve got your heart set on one, put either the Ford Focus hatch, the Ford Focus Estate, the Ford Focus ST hatch or the Ford Focus ST estate in our carwow configurator to see the savings on offer. For further details, take a look at our full reviews the Ford Focus hatch, the Focus estate and the performance-oriented Focus ST.

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