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 48.7 to 48.9mpg for both 99bhp and 123bhp versions on the official combined cycles. It’s highly impressive, but the figure slips a little if you opt to swap standard 16-inch wheels for flashy 18-inchers.
With emissions of only 108g/km of C02, the company car tax Benefit-in-Kind is set at just 22 per cent for these engines.
The most efficient diesel can return a claimed 62.8mpg, but with 96g/km of CO2 it’s hit a little harder by a 24 per cent BiK rate for company users. The 118bhp diesel manages up to 61.4mpg depending on specs and wheel sizes, but if you plump for the auto then efficiency drops slightly. Emissions go up too, with a resultant higher BiK rate in some cases. After April 2019, road tax will cost £145 a year for all models (after the CO2-weighted first year payment).
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 Style to Group 23 for a pricey 148bhp 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. Depreciation will be more rapid as a result.
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 indistinguishable for 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 SafetyImpressive safety tech puts the Focus Estate at the head of the compact pack