Ford Focus Estate - Practicality & boot space
A practical boot and generous interior space are key Ford Focus Estate benefits
The Focus Estate was developed in parallel with the hatchback, in what amounted to a 'clean sheet' approach. That gave Ford's engineers the opportunity to play with the structure to free up as much interior space as possible, and the result is a much more spacious interior than any Focus has offered.
Ford Focus interior space & storage
Ford has a sound reputation for easy-to-use interior design, and drivers will settle behind the Focus Estate's wheel with ease. There's plenty of seat and steering-wheel adjustment to allow space for drivers of even generous proportions, while the centre console has been designed to take up as little room as possible – it even has soft panels where knees are likely to make contact.
While previous models of the Focus were fairly spacious up front, the same couldn't be said of rear-seat space, and this is perhaps where the latest Focus has taken its greatest stride forwards. There's more space both laterally and front-to-back, which means even taller adults have plenty of kneeroom, while three broad-shouldered individuals can sit comfortably across the rear bench.
The centre rear seat is no longer torture to travel in, either – thanks to a flat interior floor, its occupant no longer has to sit splay-legged in order to find somewhere for their feet.
When designing the underpinnings of the Focus Estate, Ford ensured the rear suspension took up as little space as possible, with a more useful load area the result. The overall space has grown by 43mm from floor to ceiling and 25mm from tailgate to seatback. You get an enormous 608-litre boot with the rear seats in use, which is almost twice the size of the 375 litres in the hatchback and more than a match for the Volkswagen Golf Estate, too.
The growth in rear-seat space also contributes to a big boot-space gain when the car is driven in two-seat mode – with the rear seats out of use, total load volume is an impressive 1,650 litres. Those seats have a handy 'easy fold' feature, too, and hands-free tailgate operation is available. What's more, the retractable boot cover has a handy storage position beneath the boot floor.