Ford Focus Estate (2019-present)

Ford’s traditional small family estate combines practicality with driving fun

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Fun to drive
Plenty of trim and engine choices
Lots of carrying capacity

Weaknesses 

Restricted choice of engines and equipment
Not as classy as similarly priced alternatives
Likely to lose value quite quickly
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In a way, the fact that the Ford Focus Estate exists at all is quite surprising. Its place in the market has been squeezed mercilessly. On one side it’s been threatened by premium rivals from Mercedes, Audi and BMW (at least in hatchback form), while buyers looking for space and practicality have increasingly become drawn to chunky SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai or VW Tiguan.

Stuck between the glamour of a premium badge and the allure of the high-riding SUVs, then, the Focus Estate is in danger of looking a little old-fashioned. Yet the appeal of a small estate car like this is still strong. It provides just as much day-to-day practicality as an equivalent SUV, often offers more luggage space, and is likely to be more fuel efficient thanks to its lower, sleeker shape.

Ford is not the only maker still sticking to the small family estate formula – it’s vying for your money with the likes of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, Peugeot 308 SW and VW Golf Estate, to name just three rivals.

So how does the Ford fare? Well, first off it looks good, with balanced proportions and crisp lines helping to give it a classy feel. On the inside, there’s a modern-looking dash with an intuitive and attractive touchscreen entertainment screen that offers integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is part of the new Ford SYNC 3 entertainment system – available on all but the basic Style trim level – and which offers live mapping data as well as a clever app system that lets you lock or start your car from your phone, or defrost the front windscreen remotely.

It’s a significant step up from the previous Ford Focus, both in quality and in usability, but it still lags behind the interiors of rivals like the dependably solid VW Golf or the stylish Peugeot 308. There is plenty of space, though: it has a longer wheelbase than the old Focus, and the windscreen has been shifted further forward, too, meaning there’s more room in the back seats. The boot is not significantly larger than before, but it offers a useful amount of space – plus some ingenious touches like extra cubby holes beneath the boot floor that are useful for storing valuables out of sight.

Where the Focus Estate really scores is in the way it drives. Ford has traditionally been very good at creating cars that a fun to drive along twisty roads, and the Focus is no exception. This is a car that always feels agile and in control. It’s comfortable, too, although the bigger wheels and firmer suspension on ST Line models make it a little less comfy.

And to ease everyday driving experiences, the Focus now comes with adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition and a system that helps you to stay in your lane.

Engine options are a mixture of three-cylinder turbocharged petrols and four-cylinder turbodiesels with between 84bhp and 180bhp and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Combined with seven different trim levels, this means there’s likely to be a focus estate to suit more or less any set of driving demands.

It might not be the most glamorous of cars, but there’s an honesty – and a flexibility – to the Focus Estate that makes it a very appealing choice for those looking for a simple family workhorse.

Last Updated 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 16:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years/60,000 miles
Width: 
1,825 mm
Height: 
1,494 mm
Length: 
4,667-4,672 mm
Boot size : 
608-litres
Tax: 
£140

Best Ford Focus for... 

Zetec 1.5L Ford EcoBlue 95
Simple, really; pick the lowest-powered diesel engine and you’ll get the best return when it comes to fuel economy.
Ford Focus Active X 1.5 EcoBoost 150
The raised ride height and chunky SUV styling is appealing, and a clever traction control system will get you out of muddy fields on day trips out.
Ford Focus Estate ST Line X 1.5 Ecoboost 182
In the absence of a hot ST version of the Focus Estate, the ST Line fitted with the most powerful version of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol is a lively enough substitute.

Ford Focus History 

September 2018 New Ford Focus goes on sale
November 2018 1.5 EcoBoost petrol engine and 2.0 EcoBlue diesel engine, plus all Vignale and estate models arrive in dealerships.

Understanding Ford Focus car names 

  • Focus
  • Engine
    1.0 EcoBoost
  • Trim
    Titanium
  • Gearbox
    Six-speed manual
  • Engine
    The 1.0 EcoBoost petrol is available in several power outputs. The diesel models are labelled ‘EcoBlue’.
  • Trim
    Ford is offering seven trim levels with the new Focus. Titanium is mid-spec and has nearly everything most people would want.
  • Gearbox
    There are two gearbox options, a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.

Ford Focus Engines 

1.0 EcoBoost, 1.5 EcoBoost, 1.5 EcoBlue, 2.0 EcoBlue

The Focus Estate can be fitted with a choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesels. These are available in a variety of power outputs.

The smallest engine is the 1.0 EcoBoost. This comes with 84bhp, 99bhp or 123bhp. If you can stretch to the 99bhp version, we would recommend avoiding the cheapest and least powerful engine, as it feels overworked – the 99bhp EcoBoost is more economical. If you do a lot of motorway work, the most powerful 1.0 is the best bet.

Moving up to the 1.5 EcoBoost cives you either 148bhp or 180bhp. Both feel smooth and quick, but the most powerful of the two 1.5s is significantly more expensive than the slower version.

The 1.5 EcoBlue diesel is economical and gutsy enough, though we’d avoid the 94bhp version and go for the 118bhp option, which also brings the possibility of the smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. ST Line and Vignale models are also available with a punchy 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel.

Ford Focus Trims 

Style, Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X, Active X, Vignale

Style Even the most basic Focus Estate gets Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, There’s DAB radio, automatic headlights and air conditioning.

Move up to Zetec and you get cruise control, front foglights, the Ford Quickclear heated windscreen, plus leather trim on the steering wheel and armrest. You also get the new SYNC 3 entertainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

ST-Line brings a sporty styling kit, larger alloy wheels, keyless start, and a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel. ST-Line X offers a similar sporty vibe and brings a bigger entertainment screen and bigger alloy wheels, as well as privacy glass, front and rear facing cameras and electric folding door mirrors.

Titanium cars are supposed to be less sporty than ST-Line models, but with similar kit. These cars get rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, and the big entertainment screen, but smaller alloy wheels.

Titanium X brings electric adjustment on the driver’s seat, part leather upholstery, and 17 inch alloy wheels (bigger than Titanium, not as big as ST-Line X).

The poshest and most expensive (for now) models are called Vignale. These get 18in alloy wheels, full leather seats, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, plus, the added bonus of better customer service from Ford dealers. This includes a free washdown (for the car) at the dealer.

Ford Focus Reliability and warranty 

The new Focus Estate was only introduced in November 2018, so it’s probably a bit soon to be judging its reliability just yet.

The three-year/60,000 miles warranty is a bit meagre compared with the seven-year warranty of a Kia or the five-year warranties from Toyota and Hyundai.

Used Ford Focus 

The Focus Estate has only just gone on sale, so don’t expect to find many on the used market just yet. And the estate is expected to be a relatively unusual bodystyle in the focus range, with only about 12% of all Focus sales.

Ford Focus Prices

Ford Focus Active

1.0 ecoboost 125 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,305

You could save up to: £1690

1.0 ecoboost 125 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,627

You could save up to: £1818

1.5 ecoblue 120 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,150

You could save up to: £1775

1.5 ecoblue 120 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

1.5 ecoboost 150 active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,762

You could save up to: £1733

1.5 ecoboost 150 active auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,085

You could save up to: £1860

Ford Focus Active X

1.0 ecoboost 125 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,582

You could save up to: £1913

1.0 ecoboost 125 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,905

You could save up to: £2040

1.5 ecoblue 120 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,425

You could save up to: £2000

1.5 ecoblue 120 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,730

You could save up to: £2125

1.5 ecoboost 150 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,037

You could save up to: £1958

1.5 ecoboost 150 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,360

You could save up to: £2085

2.0 ecoblue 150 active x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,730

You could save up to: £2125

2.0 ecoblue 150 active x auto 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,049

You could save up to: £2256

Ford Focus ST-Line

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,305

You could save up to: £1690

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,627

You could save up to: £1818

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,624

You could save up to: £1721

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,945

You could save up to: £1850

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,150

You could save up to: £1775

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,468

You could save up to: £1807

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,773

You could save up to: £1932

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,762

You could save up to: £1733

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,085

You could save up to: £1860

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,081

You could save up to: £1764

1.5 ecoboost 150 st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,404

You could save up to: £1891

2.0 ecoblue st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,455

You could save up to: £1900

2.0 ecoblue st-line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,774

You could save up to: £2031

2.0 ecoblue st-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,773

You could save up to: £1932

2.0 ecoblue st-line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,093

You could save up to: £2062

Ford Focus ST-Line X

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,932

You could save up to: £2563

1.0 ecoboost 125 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,255

You could save up to: £2690

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,777

You could save up to: £2648

1.5 ecoblue 120 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,080

You could save up to: £2775

1.5 ecoboost 182 st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,070

You could save up to: £2675

1.5 ecoboost 182 st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,393

You could save up to: £2802

2.0 ecoblue st-line x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,080

You could save up to: £2775

2.0 ecoblue st-line x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,399

You could save up to: £2906

Ford Focus Style

1.0 ecoboost 100 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,348

You could save up to: £1397

1.0 ecoboost 100 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,894

You could save up to: £1451

1.0 ecoboost 125 style 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,124

You could save up to: £1571

1.0 ecoboost 125 style nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,670

You could save up to: £1625

1.0 ecoboost 85 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,029

You could save up to: £1366

1.0 ecoboost 85 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,575

You could save up to: £1420

1.5 ecoblue 120 style 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,952

You could save up to: £1653

1.5 ecoblue 120 style nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,498

You could save up to: £1707

1.5 ecoblue 95 style 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,192

You could save up to: £1483

1.5 ecoblue 95 style nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,738

You could save up to: £1537

Ford Focus Titanium

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,055

You could save up to: £1940

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,377

You could save up to: £2068

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,900

You could save up to: £2025

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,205

You could save up to: £2150

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,512

You could save up to: £1983

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,835

You could save up to: £2110

2.0 ecoblue titanium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,205

You could save up to: £2150

2.0 ecoblue titanium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,524

You could save up to: £2281

Ford Focus Titanium X

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,175

You could save up to: £2050

1.0 ecoboost 125 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,514

You could save up to: £2181

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,019

You could save up to: £2136

1.5 ecoblue 120 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,342

You could save up to: £2263

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,650

You could save up to: £2095

1.5 ecoboost 150 titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,973

You could save up to: £2222

2.0 ecoblue titanium x 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,342

You could save up to: £2263

2.0 ecoblue titanium x 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,662

You could save up to: £2393

Ford Focus Zetec

1.0 ecoboost 100 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,258

You could save up to: £1487

1.0 ecoboost 100 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,576

You could save up to: £1519

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,713

You could save up to: £1532

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,034

You could save up to: £1661

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,031

You could save up to: £1564

1.0 ecoboost 125 zetec nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,353

You could save up to: £1692

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,557

You could save up to: £1618

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,862

You could save up to: £1743

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,876

You could save up to: £1649

1.5 ecoblue 120 zetec nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,181

You could save up to: £1774

1.5 ecoblue 95 zetec 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,102

You could save up to: £1573

1.5 ecoblue 95 zetec nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 78.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,421

You could save up to: £1604

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