Skip advert
Advertisement

Ford Focus Estate review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The extended boot of the estate version together with the generous cabin space of the Focus makes for a very practical family car

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.4 out of 5

Price
£29,630 to £40,305
Find your Ford Focus
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

 Jump into the front seat of any new Ford Focus, and without looking over your shoulder you’ll never know whether it’s an estate or hatchback – up front the two variants are identical. That means you get a great driving position with plenty of adjustment, and a slim centre console to maximise available space for people.

Advertisement - Article continues below

There’s a minor difference for rear seat passengers as the arc of the estate’s roof means they get more headroom, but unsurprisingly it’s the boot space where the real advantages are to be found.

Storage in the front of the car is good for the class. There are door pockets, a glovebox that isn’t entirely occupied by the manual, and a deep bin under the centre arm rest. The cup holder arrangement is adjustable to fit cups of various sizes and there’s a large shelf below the central screen with a charging mat for your phone.  

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The old Mk3 Focus always suffered with cramped rear accommodation, but the Mk4 model – hatch or estate – benefits from extra length in the wheelbase. As a result, six-footers can now travel comfortably in the rear of the car, while a flat floor makes the centre rear seat more usable too.

Space in the back really is very good with leg room for two adults plentiful, even behind a tall driver. You could sit three kids across the back of the car but the middle seat is going to be narrow for an adult on a long journey. Estate headroom is better than in the hatch as well. 

Boot

Careful suspension design has helped to maximise the space available in the Focus Estate’s luggage compartment, which is among the largest in the class. Even with the rear seats in use you get a massive 575-litres of load area, which compares well to just 443 litres in the hatch, although you get 611 litres in the Volkswagen Golf Estate.

If you fold the rear seats down and you’re rewarded with a flat load space with a huge 1,620 volume. The 60/40 split seat backs can be released with catches on the seat shoulders or via levers in the boot itself. On the latest Focus Estate models there’s an adjustable boot floor that can fold up to partition the boot into two areas, the first having a rubber floor to store wet or muddy items. 

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 85 Style 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,415

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBlue 120 Zetec Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £23,585

Fastest

  • Name
    2.3 EcoBoost ST 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £33,710
Head of digital content

Steve looks after the Auto Express website; planning new content, growing online traffic and managing the web team. He’s been a motoring journalist, road tester and editor for over 20 years, contributing to titles including MSN Cars, Auto Trader, The Scotsman and The Wall Street Journal.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range
Kia EV3 - front
News

New Kia EV3 is a £30k electric car with a 372-mile range

Kia expands its electric line up with the EV3 – taking plenty of inspiration from the flagship EV9
23 May 2024
New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up
Nissan Qashqai reveal - full front
News

New 2024 Nissan Qashqai prices and specs announced as family SUV war heats up

The start price for the Nissan Qashqai has increased by £3,000 due to the loss of the old entry-level Visia trim
24 May 2024
Citroen C3 review
Citroen e-C3 - front
In-depth reviews

Citroen C3 review

A clever rethink of the small, affordable car theme, the C3 and its all-electric e-C3 twin have the potential to really shake up the market
22 May 2024