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Ford Focus 2011 Estate Review

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Ford Focus model has been a very successful model since it replaced the Escort in 1998. Three generations later, this summer's release of the new Focus Estate provides the range with a stylish lift and an exciting new engine. This model, in addition to other new Ford models such as the Focus Zetec and Fiesta Edge, are available at Evans Halshaw car sales.

The 2011 Focus Estate has improved upon the aesthetic appeal of its antecedents, utilising the best of Ford's 'kinetic' design approach to give rise to a more robust, yet silkier, exterior look. The wrap around rear lights are balanced well by the length of the car, delivering a better rounded composition than in earlier generations. Inside the vehicle, the cabin elegantly contrasts smooth and textured surfaces to add a deeper dimension to the experience of the car. The dashboard commands a wider space than in previous models, which serves to broaden out the feel of the seating position. This enhances the already engaging driving position which, combined with improved power steering, makes it a car that can seemingly eat-up the motorway with ease.

The car's boot is low lying, which is fundamentally something to be desired in a family car. Loading and unloading heavy items can be a nightmare with other vehicles so it's good to see the incorporation of a low lip in this model. The boot fills to a capacity 476 litres, which can be increased to 1,502 litres with the seats folded. Although this is smaller than the capacity of other models available, families will likely still find this space more than enough to do the job.

The 1.6 Estate is competitively placed in terms of performance and running costs. A variety of engines are available, from the 1.6 diesel engine to the notoriously impressive Ecoboost petrol engine. The latter exploits a turbocharged aluminium construction that benefits from a rip-roaring 148bhp. The Ecoboost engine provides manages to produce the performance of a 2.0 litre petrol engine whilst granting the driver with lower fuel consumption and emissions.

In line with the trajectory of recent Ford models, the car provides technology to enhance your safety as standard. Especially when considered as a family car, the Focus Estate benefits significantly from the incorporation of anti-lock braking system (ABS), driver, passenger, front and rear curtain airbags, and traction control.

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