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Ford Focus Estate review - Interior, design and technology

The most practical Focus is a technological tour de force wrapped in swoopy styling

While the previous generation Focus lacked a bit of pizazz on the style front, Ford’s designers upped their game with the new one to make it more individual and eye-catching. The effect is not overly-dramatic or extrovert, and the overall effect is relatively conservative. However, especially at the front where a handsome new grille and sculpted bonnet have been styled, the changes mean the Focus has a stronger presence on the road than ever.

The rear of the car is more carefully integrated too, with a rising beltline and tapering window glass above the rear haunches giving the car a sporty demeanour. That’s emphasised on ST-Line models with a black egg-crate style grille, while the luxurious Vignale gets LED headlights and rear lamps for a more premium feel.

Active models build on Zetec specification, adding an eight-inch infotainment screen, automatic headlights, keyless go and more active safety equipment, including lane-keep assist and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Inside the Focus Estate shares the hatchback’s clean and uncluttered dash, as well as a ‘floating’ tablet style touchscreen. The quality feel of the interior fit and finish is now as good as you’ll find anywhere, with soft-touch materials and with attractive metallic finishes making the cabin a very welcoming place to be. 

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Entry-level Style models are the poor relations in this context, as every other trim level features SYNC 3 and the touchscreen tablet display. It’s easy to use, and features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can hook your phone’s nav system up to the display even if you haven’t paid extra for onboard navigation.

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