Ford Focus Estate review - Reliability and safety
The Focus Estate delivers impressive safety tech, while reliability shouldn't be an issue
There’s a lot of advanced technology in the latest Focus line-up, and some of the most impressive kit is designed with safety in mind. The Focus hatch scored an impressive five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests in 2018 and while the tests have grown tougher in the years since, the Focus has enhanced its arsenal of safety kit.
All models have Lane-Keeping Assist and Pre-Collision Assist with an Autonomous Emergency Braking feature that can also detect pedestrians and cyclists. The standard LED headlights have Automatic High Beam Control and a function that gives a wider spread of light for low speed manoeuvres.
The Driver Assist Pack adds various extra safety features including Traffic Sign Recognition and there’s an advanced Blind Spot Information System on the options list that scans adjacent lanes for vehicles, and can be adjusted to compensate if you’re towing a trailer.
Ford has made some positive strides on the reliability front but finished a lowly 25th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2022 Driver Power brands poll, a similar position to the one it’s occupied for a few years. The Focus itself didn’t appear in the 2022 model survey but finished 72nd out of 75 cars in Driver Power 2021.
Standard warranty cover is three years and 60,000 miles, but you can pay more to extend up to five years and 100,000 miles.
Expect to pay around £500 for the first three years of maintenance, including two routine stops for servicing.
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 CostsMild hybrid petrol engines 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 extended boot of the estate version together with the generous cabin space of the Focus makes for a very practical family car
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Focus Estate delivers impressive safety tech, while reliability shouldn't be an issue