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Ford FOCUS VIGNALE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto

Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
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Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto
Ford FOCUS VIGNALE 2.0 EcoBlue 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG60.10
  • 0-62mph9.5 secs
  • Top Speed127 mph
  • C02122 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque273 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

The Ford Focus Estate has been given a proper working over in MK4 form, with more boot space, sleeker looks, a more user-friendly interior, more efficient engines and some suspension tweaks that aim to remind us what made the Focus great in the first place. It's not the biggest or the cheapest estate in its sector, but it might just be the most appealing all-rounder.

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Ford's Focus is best known as a family hatch, but if you need a little added practicality, look at the estate version before you get drawn into the SUV marketing spiel. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Such is the pull of small SUVs that the estate car seems to have had its last rites read time and again, yet still they struggle on. The reason why they refuse to die? They're a good idea. What's more, if people were honest about why they really needed a vehicle, an estate car would make more practical sense. They carry just as much as many SUVs, yet they're better to drive, they're lighter and more aerodynamic which means better efficiency - and they're usually cheaper to buy too. Ford's brought us some brilliant estates down the years but as much as customers have warmed to the Focus hatch, the five-door estate has never occupied a huge slice of the overall Focus sales pie chart. Perhaps this current version can formulate a more convincing argument.

Driving Experience

This fourth generation Focus estate, like its predecessors, has a reputation as a family station wagon with the ability to entertain at the wheel - and if you enjoy your driving, that's something you'll appreciate pretty early on the first time you try one. Twenty years ago, the original version of this model achieved much the same thing by standardising advanced multi-link rear suspension across its model line-up. Today, you get that too - in contrast to the hatch body shape which restricts this more advanced damping set-up to its most powerful 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel variants. To give you the engine line-up in full, things kick off with the brand's familiar three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol powerplant, available in a 125PS variant that features cylinder deactivation, plus it can also be had in mHEV mild hybrid form in 125 or 155PS forms. Next up for petrol people is the 1.5-litre four cylinder EcoBoost engine with 150PS, borrowed from the Fiesta ST hot hatch, this unit also available with 182PS. The Focus ST gets a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol unit with 280PS. As for diesels, well there are 90 and 120PS versions of Ford's 1.5-litre EcoBlue powerplant, then 150 and 190PS versions of the company's 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel. The ride isn't overly firm, but body control through the bends is exemplary, allowing you at the wheel to make the most of the stiff new C2 platform, the feelsome power steering and the torque vectoring control system that helps you get the power down through the bends. It all combines to create a car that really can still reward at the wheel, even in its most affordable forms: there's still nothing else in this segment that feels quite the same. Yet it still does the sensible stuff well too, being decently refined, with confident braking and a lovely tactile gearshift.

Design and Build

The styling has useful evolved but looks a touch conservative in this station wagon guise. The front of the cabin's of much higher quality than before and comes complete with Ford's latest 'SYNC3' infotainment touchscreen in most models. There's space for four adults inside without too much of a squeeze, but levering a third body onto the rear bench will be a bit of a pinch. Since this is an estate though, our emphasis needs to be on the luggage bay, which really is a lot bigger than it is in the hatch. A typically-specified estate model fitted with a mini-spare offers up to 575-litres of capacity - or as much as 728-litres if you load to the roof. If you need more room and want to push forward the 60:40-split rear bench, then up to 1,620-litres of space is on offer, thanks to 175mm of extra loading length this time round and an extra 43mm of roof height for this generation model, an increase apparently calculated so as to enable owners to comfortably accommodate a dog crate. Go for this station wagon variant and auto-folding 'Easy Fold' rear seat backs come as standard, plus you can have a gesture-controlled powered tailgate if you're prepared to pay extra for it.

Market and Model

This estate body style attracts a premium of £1,100 over the equivalent hatch. The Focus Estate range kicks off with the base 'Zetec' variant priced at around £23,500, before progressing through 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X', 'Titanium', 'Titanium X' and 'Vignale' variants. An SUV-style 'Active' version and an 'ST' performance variant are also available. Equipment levels reflect the fact that most customers will be paying upwards of £20,000 for this once very affordable family hatch. Even the base Focus 'Zetec' comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, alomng with an 8-inch SYNC3 touchscreen incorporating a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth and Emergency Assist. Plus there's an electronic parking brake, autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring, Hill Start Assist and a Lane-Keeping Aid. If you want the base 100PS version of the 1.0 EcoBoost engine, you have to have 'Zetec' trim. Most will choose this 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in 125PS form. If you can afford a little more and enjoy your driving, then you can go for one of the more powerful engines that come fitted with more sophisticated 'control blade' multi-link rear suspension package. These include a 150PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel and a 1.5-litre three cylinder EcoBoost petrol option, offered with either 150 or 182PS.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures, which we'll quote using WLTP measurement for fuel and WLTP measurement for CO2. Bear in mind with all the engines that if you choose the optional 8-speed auto gearbox, you'll hit your efficiency readings by around 10% - which isn't the case if you go for a Volkswagen Group model with DSG auto transmission. The latest version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit that most choose gets increased injection pressure to facilitate efficiency. In mHEV mild hybrid form, this unit gets a lower compression ratio and a larger turbo. And the mHEV version has been embellished by a beefed-up starter/generator driven by a belt at the front of the engine that stores the energy harvested when you brake or decelerate in a tiny 48-volt lithium-ion battery secreted at the back of the car. That 1.0 EcoBoost petrol unit comes in three forms with 125PS (standard and mHEV) and 155PS, all of which return up to 55.4mpg on the combined cycle with a CO2 reading of 116g/km. For the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, the figures are up to 44.8mpg and up to 142g/km of CO2. Or 43.5mpg and up to 147g/km of CO2 for this engine in its uprated 182PS state of tune. What about the diesels? Well, for the 1.5 EcoBlue unit in its base 95PS state of tune, you're looking at up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 119g/km of CO2. Or up to 58.9mpg and up to 125g/km with this engine in its 120PS state of tune. For completion, we'll also give you the figures for the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel variant - up to 60.1mpg and up to 125g/km.

Summary

The Focus estate has always seemed a bit of an afterthought from Ford. It was neither big enough or buoyed by serious promotion and that hasn't and won't change, for the short term at least. What does seem to be changing, slowly but surely, is customer perceptions of estate cars in general. Maybe it's a backlash against suburban SUVs that once smacked of active lifestyles but now just scream shopping and school run. The estate car is quietly staging a revival. If you're looking for an estate car of this size, the fact remains that the Focus is one of the very best. It's not the biggest and nor is it the cheapest, but as an all-rounder it takes some beating. The smaller petrol and diesel engines are well worth a trip and in the shape of the sporty ST-Line variants, Ford offers a real Q-car to family buyers. A Focused estate - you might say.

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Driver Convenience
Active park assist system
Cruise control + speed limiter
Lane keeping aid with lane departure warning
Bluetooth system
Digital clock
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Eco mode
Ford pass connect
Ford SYNC 3 nav system with DAB radio, 8" colour touch screen, voice control, app link, Apple car play/Android auto and 4.2" TFT coloured cluster
Front and rear parking sensors
Head up Display
Intelligent speed assist
PAS
Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
Rear wide view camera
Rotary gear shift dial
Selectable drive mode
Trip computer
Exterior Features
LED Headlights
Special solid paint
'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Auto headlamps (on/off)
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door handles
Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
Door edge protectors
Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing
Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
Heated rear window
LED daytime running lamp
LED front fog lamps with cornering function
LED rear lamps
Polished twin tailpipe
Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights
Rear privacy glass
Roof rails
Tailgate wash/wipe
Unique door and instrument panel inserts
Vignale front grille and body styling
Entertainment
2 USB ports
Aux input
B&O Audio system with 360 degree sound, 10 speakers, 675 watts of total amplifier power and digital sound processor
Interior Features
3 spoke leather trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio controls
6 way power adjustable driver seat
60/40 split back and cushion rear seats with 2 height adjustable headrests
Ambient LED multi colour interior lighting
Auto fold rear seats
Centre console with sliding front armrest
Dual zone electronic air temperature control
Front passenger seat manual height and lumbar adjust
Front/rear floor mats
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Height adjustable front headrests
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather upholstery
Load through ski hatch
Paddle shift controls
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre headrest
Soft console knee pads
Safety
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
Auto hold function
Driver airbag
Electronic parking brake
Electronic stability control
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Front passenger airbag
Front side airbags
Hill start assist
MyKey system
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Post collision braking
Side curtain airbags
Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Ford keyfree system with Keyless entry and keyless start
Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
Thatcham category 1 alarm
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Wheels
18" 5x3 spoke liquid aluminium alloy wheels
Mini steel spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 114
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 133
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 128
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1997
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 65.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 50.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.0
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 57.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 56.5
WLTP - MPG - High 64.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium 55.4
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description EcoBlue
Generation Mark 6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 72
NCAP Safety Assist % 75
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 144000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.5
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 273
Engine Torque - MKG 37.7
Engine Torque - NM 370
Top Speed 127
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 235/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 5x3 SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Length 4672
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 47
Gross Vehicle Weight 2105
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1620
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 575
Max. Loading Weight 621
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1484
No. of Seats 5

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Blind spot information system includes cross traffic alert with active braking £400.00
Hands free power tailgate £450.00
Wireless charging pad £100.00
Entertainment
CD player £200.00
Exterior Features
Adaptive front lighting system with dynamic LED headlights, glare-free high beam and LED turn indicators £425.00
Additional Exclusive paint £450.00
Detachable trailer coupling includes trailer stability assist £600.00
Exclusive paint £550.00
Openable panorama roof £995.00
Premium paint £300.00
Trailer Coupling Pre-equipment Electrical-Kit £250.00
Packs
Convenience pack with Active park assist 2 - Focus Vignale Auto £200.00
Driver assistance pack with Adaptive Cruise Control - Focus Auto £500.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Blue panther £550.00
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £450.00
Exclusive paint - Ruby red £550.00
Premium paint - Agate Black £300.00
Premium paint - Frozen white FOC
Trim
Leather - Charcoal black FOC
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