The Ford Focus is a very common sight on UK roads but the estate version is a bit more exclusive. Ford has been busy developing fuel efficient engines and systems and by utilising them in the Focus estate it has ensured that low CO2 emissions don’t have to be sacrificed if you need a bit more space than the hatch can offer.
Talking of space, there isn’t quite as much as you might think. With the rear seats in place you get 476 litres of boot space to play with, which is smaller than its direct rivals and is even a touch smaller than some supermini-based estates. We’re also not convinced by the current styling, but given it’s a best-seller, we may be in a minority here.
What is undoubtedly impressive is the fuel economy. Ford has done a great job of optimising the Focus with the usual eco tricks but has also introduced active aerodynamics in the form of powered grille shutters which close at speed. This allows the inherently efficient 1.6-litre turbodiesel to do its thing with the minimum of fuss.
Given the excellent fuel economy you might expect the Focus to be underpowered, but with 104 bhp and a healthy 199 lb. ft. of torque on offer it posts respectable figures and in the context of a super low CO2 contender it is relatively fast. When combined with the fact that the Focus remains the benchmark for driver involvement in this class, it’s the driver’s choice.
The Focus Estate has a lot going for it. If the boot is big enough for you and you like the styling, it’s a quality product which combines excellent fuel economy with a sensible turn of pace. If you want to have a bit of fun along the way it is top of the class and proves that environmental responsibility and fun can be combined. Well done Ford.