Estate popularity boost for new Focus
The last-generation estate sold 179,000 since it was launched in October 2008, making up 12.5% of total Focus sales. By comparison, the new version is expected to push that figure up to 18%.
Looking a little like a shrunken Mondeo Estate from the rear, the new Focus load-lugger sheds the hatchback’s distinctive rear lights and hides its extra size with a steeply raked rear screen. It’s 20cm longer than the hatch, and has 10cm extra width between the wheel arches, offering a 1,502-litre load space with the seats folded flat.
Prices start at £17,100, with standard equipment including Bluetooth, a USB connection and voice control. The Estate range features the same engine line-up as the hatch, and the 1.6-litre 114bhp TDCi is likely to be the most popular. It boasts emissions of 109g/km, and has traditionally accounted for 43% of UK sales.