Ford Focus Estate review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Three-pot engines with cylinder deactivation help make the Focus Estate a fuel-sipper
Cylinder deactivation is most often seen in big-engined luxury cars, but Ford has applied the tech to its 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. As a result, the company claims WLTP economy of up to 55.4mpg for the 123bhp version with six-speed manual transmission. Ford claims the 153bhp variant with mild-hybrid tech is also capable of the same economy figure, with CO2 emissions from 116g/km. If you decide on the eight-speed automatic model then fuel consumption drops to an average of 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions between 134g/km and 144g/km, depending on the chosen trim level.
The 118bhp diesel is also in its most efficient guise when paired with the six speed manual 'box - delivering a remarkable 62.8mpg, while emitting 119g/km of CO2. The more powerful 148bhp manual version is still able to return 60.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 125g/km.
With such a broad range of engines and performance you’d expect a wide spread of insurance groups, and the Focus Estate ranges from around Group 8 for the entry-level Zetec to Group 18 for a pricey 180bhp Vignale. Active models sit in groups 13 to 18 depending on engine. All groups are competitive with similar models from rival makers.
In spite of all its qualities, the blue oval badge on the nose of the Focus Estate condemns it to being less sought-after on the second-hand market than, say, a VW Golf. However, depreciation isn't as rapid as you might think, with data suggesting the Focus Estate should hold onto an average of over 40% of its original value after three years and 36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe estate option adds another dimension to the fun-driving and family-friendly Ford Focus line-up
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat handling that’s on-par with the hatch models makes the Focus Estate the driver’s choice in the class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThree-pot engines with cylinder deactivation help make the Focus Estate a fuel-sipper
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe most practical Focus is a technological tour de force, wrapped in swoopy styling
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Focus Estate offers extra rear headroom as well as more luggage space than the hatch
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Focus Estate delivers impressive safety tech, while reliability shouldn't be an issue