2019 Ford Focus ST Estate – The sports wagon for the whole family
The Ford Focus ST Estate is back with an all-new sleek, sporty and sexy look, to put a smile on all family members’ faces. It combines the performance and driving experience of the ultra-popular, and quite superb, Ford Focus ST hot hatchback, with added space and practicality. In a world where the current trend appears to be performance SUV's, the ST Estate does something different. It offers a better driving experience than other SUV's while adding some much-needed practicality and space for families. The market for versatile, comfortable and performance-driven compact estate cars is limited, but the Ford Focus ST Estate will surely be the one to beat.
The Focus ST Estate is in effect a Ford Focus ST but with a longer boot. The ST Estate is 280mm longer than the hatchback but has the same wheelbase and chassis. The extra size only equates to an increase of 35kgs. This means the Estate handles and performs near enough identically to the Focus ST Hatchback. Given the extra space and practicality, the ST Estate is a great effort, by the guys at Ford. Producing an all-round performance estate car perfect for driving enthusiasts, family and company car drivers alike.
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Interior Technology and Practicality
The ST Estate is kitted out very similar to the Focus ST hatchback. There is a mix of luxury, and sporty features within the cabin and the quality is much improved from the previous ST estate model. There is a host of standard features included, such as parking sensors, a reversing camera, heated seats and steering wheel, a B&O stereo system and keyless entry(Ford KeyFree system). You also get the Ford Sync infotainment system, using an 8-inch TFT touchscreen with built-in sat-nav. There is mobile connectivity using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with other features.
The Recaro part-leather sports seats are comfortable, snug and figure-hugging to keep you in position when driving enthusiastically. There is plenty of sporty finishes such as coloured stitching and ST trim pieces.
Space is similar to that found in the Focus ST, so it is comfortable both in the front and rear. The only real difference is an added 43mm headroom in the ST Estate, compared with the hatchback. The big difference is found in the boot area, where capacity increases significantly. The ST hatchback offers 375 litres and 1354 litres with the rear seats folded down. This is not too bad for a compact family hatchback, but the Estate nearly doubles the basic boot space coming in at 608 litres. With the rear seats folded down, this jumps up to 1653 litres. With these figures, the Ford Focus ST Estate only just comes up short to the impressive Skoda Octavia vRS Estate rival, which manages 610 litres and 1740 litres respectively.
Ford has changed the ST exhaust design on the Focus, with the new exhaust pipes repositioned to the left and right of the rear bumper. This allows the ST Estate to be fitted with a tow bar for the first time so that it can pull either a small caravan or trailer. The diesel engine can tow up to 1800kg while the petrol manages 1600kg, adding to its versatility and practicality.
Safety Assist and Features
The Focus ST Estate is fitted with the latest safety features by Ford as standard. These features include adaptive LED headlights, intelligent speed limiter, cruise control with speed limiter, lane-keeping aid with lane-keeping alert and multiple airbags. The ST Estate comes with Ford's Driver Assistance Pack. This includes more safety features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, traffic sign recognition, ABS (Anti-lock braking system), ESC (Electronic stability control) and EBA (Emergency brake assist). Optional features include the Blind Spot Information System.
All of these standard safety features have helped the standard Focus achieve the maximum 5-star safety award from Euro NCAP, an excellent result for a car aimed at families.
Engine, Power and Performance
The Ford Focus ST Estate is available with either a 2-litre diesel or 2.3-litre petrol engine. The 2-litre EcoBlue diesel engine develops 187HP and 400Nm torque, making it the most powerful diesel engine fitted to a Focus. The diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, with no option to have an automatic, unlike to the petrol version. It has a 0-62mph of 7.7secs and a top speed of 137mph, which is pretty quick although can get a little shouty when getting the revs up. It is claimed to achieve upwards of 50mpg, making it a great choice for company car drivers or those who like to go on long driving holidays. The diesel model also features Torque Vectoring Control technology, to improve its road-handling and reduce understeer.
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the star of the show, developing 276hp and 420Nm of torque. The petrol engine can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a new, seven-speed intelligent automatic transmission with flappy paddle gear shifters. The ST Estate will hit 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds (only 0.1secs slower than the smaller, lighter hatchback version) and go on to a top speed of 155mph. It is claimed to return upwards of 34mpg. Good for such a powerful performance car, but will be considerably less if you push the car hard to its full potential. The petrol model also comes fitted with e-LSD (Electronic Limited Slip Differential). This enhances the stability and cornering by monitoring and changing the power levels to the front wheels to increase traction.
The Focus ST Estate comes with 19-inch alloy wheels and bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. This provides an incredible amount of grip, giving you full confidence when going into a corner at high speed. There is a selection of drive modes, depending on your style of driving or road conditions. An optional Performance pack is available offering extra features such as Track Mode and Launch Control.
Could this performance estate tempt you from the standard hot family hatchbacks? I think it's well worth checking out and taking for a test-drive.