Ford Focus Estate (2011-2018) Review

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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Very comfortable ride
  • Generous levels of equipment
  • Rivals have bigger boots
  • A bit pricey
  • Depreciation worries
44.8 - 83.1
CO2 emissions
88 - 146 g/km
First year road tax
£125 - £205
Safety rating

In a market full of MPVs and SUVs, the humble estate has to be good to survive and the Ford Focus estate has some great qualities that make it a great alternative.

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Inside, the Focus estate there is lots of passenger space and the boot is reasonably big, although not the biggest in the class. The dash has a good layout but the multitude of buttons can make it difficult to operate at a glance. There is lots of adjustment for the steering wheel and seats so it is to get comfortable.

Driving the Focus estate is rewarding and enjoyable thanks to the perfect suspension set up that is both comfortable for long journeys and minimises body roll, so the car is fun to drive in the bends.

The Focus estate is offered with a huge range of both petrol and diesel engines. Power ranges from 85hp in the 1.6-litre petrol to 246hp in the 2.0-litre petrol Focus ST estate.  The diesels are also very good in terms of performance and economy and the 1.6-litre with 113hp is our recommendation and the most popular choice with our users.

Equipment levels are good with standard kit including hill start assist, air-conditioning and tyre pressure monitoring. Read on for our full review on the Ford Focus estate.

The Ford Focus Estate isn't bad but doesn't provide you with enough reasons to pick it over a German alternative

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The Ford Focus Estate may not be as fun as it used to be but it’s still near the top of the class for ride and handling, and is definitely worth consideration. 

The steep asking price looks unreasonable at first glance, and indeed if your list of criteria has “practicality” and “cheap” in bold, red writing, you can find much cheaper, if very basic alternatives such as the Dacia Logan MCV.

However, those seeking a competent all-inclusive package – that provides a fun driving experience, excellent motorway comfort, good equipment levels and the ability to swallow a reasonable amount of baggage – would be forgiven for ignoring the alternatives from rivals such as Volkswagen and Kia.

If you aren’t sure if the Ford Focus Estate is big enough for you, read our dimensions guide, and colours guide to find the perfect shade. Or, if you want a more detailed look at the car, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, to see what sort of savings you can expect on the Focus estate, look at our deals page.