Ford Focus (2011-2018) dimensions and boot space

Here are the full details of the dimensions of the Ford Focus, including its length, width, height and boot size

Matt Rigby
Apr 19, 2021

This version of the Ford Focus, built between 2011 and 2018, was the most popular family car in the UK during its time on sale. And it’s easy to see why. As well as offering value for money, and plenty of trim options, it’s the perfect size for everyday family motoring.

Average is the word we’d use to describe the Focus here, but that’s far from a criticism – because being Goldilocks-sized (neither too big nor too small) means the Focus works well for a wide variety of different buyers. It’s big enough to cope with family motoring, yet small enough to squeeze into small parking spaces and tight driveways. And it’s large enough to cope comfortably with long journeys yet not so big that it feels unmanageable on busy city streets.

But boot space is an area where the Focus isn’t quite average – its luggage capacity is noticeably less than that you’d find in alternatives such as the VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra or Peugeot 308.

Ford rectified this when it redesigned the car in 2018, but if you really need the luggage space and can only afford a Focus from this pre-2018 era, the estate version will be your best bet.

Scroll down for full details of the car's dimensions and click through to our full Ford Focus buying guide for more information about Ford’s justifiably popular family hatchback.

Ford Focus dimensions: exterior

If you exclude the side mirrors, the Focus is well under two metres wide, so should fit between multi-storey car park kerbs and width restrictors. With the mirrors included it's just over two metres wide, which is normal for this size of car.

Ford Focus dimensions: exterior

Compared to similar cars

Length

4360mm

Average

Width without mirrors

1823mm

Average

Width with mirrors

2010mm

Average

Height

1469mm

Average

Wheelbase

2648mm

Average

Ford Focus boot space

The Focus shows its age when you open its bootlid: with 316 litres of space, the luggage area is smaller than most family cars, and well behind the 470-litre Peugeot 308 and gargantuan 590-litre Skoda Octavia. Standard split-fold rear seats (shown below) do mean that you can increase the luggage area and sit up to two passengers in the back.

If you want a Focus but are put off by the amount of space in the boot, then the Ford Focus estate is worth considering, which has all of the good bits of the hatchback and a bigger boot.

 

Ford Focus boot space

Compared to similar cars

Boot space with seats up

316 litres

Smaller than average

Boot space with seats down

1215 litres

Average

Ford Focus dimensions: interior

From the front seats, the Focus feels like a spacious and airy car, but the rear-seat space is less generous. There's space for two adults to sit comfortably, but three is a squeeze.

The Focus has less legroom in the rear than in some alternative cars, such as the Vauxhall Astra and Seat Leon. That's despite the average length of the wheelbase. This is the distance between the front and rear wheels, and can often give an indication of the amount of space that the car’s occupants have to stretch out.

Ford Focus dimensions: interior

Compared to similar cars

Front headroom

993mm

Average

Rear headroom

962mm

Average

Front legroom

1094mm

Average

Rear legroom

849mm

Below average

Ford Focus towing capacity

Family hatchbacks aren’t traditionally used as towing cars, but the Focus is still capable of towing a trailer - or even a small caravan.

You must ensure that the weight - including the trailer or caravan itself, doesn’t exceed the maximum limits. If the equipment you’re towing has a braking system, then you can tow a heavier load.

For extra security, the Camping and Caravanning Club recommend that you don't tow anything heavier than 85% of a car's kerbweight (see below). Follow these guidelines and they will further limit the load that the Focus can pull.

Ford Focus towing capacity

Towing capacity: braked

700 - 1547kg

Towing capacity: unbraked

630 - 725kg

Ford Focus weight

The Ford Focus's kerbweight takes into account an almost-full fuel tank, 68kg to represent the driver and another 7kg for luggage. A weight of between 1200kg and 1500kg is fairly standard for a family hatchback.

The relatively low weight of the Focus means that the fuel economy in most models is impressive, plus its low weight also contributes to making the Focus feel agile in the corners.

Ford Focus weight

Kerbweight

1264 - 1455kg

Ford Focus fuel tank capacity

A 55-litre fuel tank on Ford Focus petrol cars should allow most models to go 500 miles between fill-ups. The tank is slightly smaller, at 53 litres, on some diesel cars but because these are more efficient than petrol versions, the potential range is usually a little further.

A 60-litre fuel tank is fitted to diesel Focuses with a 2.0-litre engine. Drive efficiently and you can eke out the range to 800 miles between fill-ups. That’s enough to go from Folkestone in Kent to Nice in the south of France on one tank.

Ford Focus fuel tank capacity

Petrol fuel tank

55 litres

Diesel fuel tank

53 litres / 60 litres with 2.0-litre engine

Ford Focus turning circle

The smaller the turning circle of a car, the less space you need to turn it round, reducing the prospect of you having to carry out an awkward multi-point turn in narrow streets.

The Focus needs 11m to turn itself in the opposite direction in one move, which is fairly standard for this type of car.

For extra manoeuvrability, some Focus models are available with a self-parking system, which will steer the car automatically into a parking space, while you control the accelerator and brake.

Ford Focus turning circle

Compared to similar cars

Turning circle

11m

Average

 

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