The Ford Focus in successive generations has been a very successful car for Ford, going back to 1998 when the original model replaced the Escort.
Ease of parking is reasonably good, although the car's length and relatively thick rear pillars demand care when installing it into a tight space. There is an optional parking assist feature that gauges the gap for you and advises whether the car will fit.
Comfort and Refinement
The cabin of a Focus Estate is comfortably appointed with high quality furnishings and a tasteful, if slightly corporate, colour scheme. The car is stylishly designed and ergonomically appealing, a significant step up in calibre from the previous model. The cockpit feels quite driver-centric, with instrument dials that are a clear design and easy to use. Seat comfort is excellent, with huggy contouring and good lateral support. Lumbar adjustment is provided on the driver's seat. From the moment you switch on, the Focus Estate’s 1.6 litre engine is quiet in operation with good levels of refinement for a car of this size and in this price bracket.
Safety and Security
A five-star Euro NCAP rating is expected for the Focus Estate. Although the new generation Focus has yet to be crash-tested, the previous Focus was five-star rated and this one has been engineered to meet the same standard. Stability control is fitted to all versions, and the car has standard Isofix child safety fittings.
A good value option for £750 is the Driver Assistance Pack that adds a raft of high-tech safety aids to the car’s equipment, including a lane recognition system that steers the car back in a straight line if your attention wanders. Another feature is the city safety device that will automatically apply the brakes if the car detects that you are likely to hit the one in front in slow-moving traffic. Active cruise control monitors the distance away from the car in front and uses clever electronics to maintain a safe gap. A Thatcham Category 1 alarm system is fitted as standard.
In this mid-range Zetec version the Focus Estate comes equipped with a Ford DAB Audio System with a 3½-inch dot matrix display, an extended integrated control panel, an external AUX connection for playing music devices, remote audio controls and six speakers. Bluetooth connectivity and voice control are standard kit.
- Vauxhall Astra Estate
- Peugeot 308 SW
- Volkswagen Golf Estate
- Renault Megane Sport Tourer
- Kia cee'd SW
What We Liked
- Roomy and practical estate car
- Dynamically excellent
- Smooth-riding and refined
- Frugal 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine with low CO2 output
What We Disliked
- Pricey compared with some of its rivals
- Dearer to insure than some
What We'd Like To See
- Longer service intervals
Ford's Focus Estate is smart-looking and good to drive. In its best-equipped versions it has class-leading technology on board, including the useful feature that tells you the speed limit for the road you’re on. The best engine option is this highly efficient and frugal 1.6 turbodiesel.29 August 2011
Ford Focus Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 TDCi Estate|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|Transmission||6 Speed Manual|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||76.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 29/08/11)||£19,595|