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Old 08-15-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Ford Focus ST Wagon: taking on the hatchback

It is a dated article, but just in case it was not seen before

Parkers UK pitted Focus ST Wagon against hatchback version

The Ford Focus ST is available in two body-styles – the estate we’ve got on test and the regular hatchback we drove on the launch of the car.

We’re going to explore the differences between the two and find out which one makes the most sense.

The first thing to explore is the price. The estate model is £1,100 more than the hatchback, and for that you get a boot which is 476 litres rather than 316. Surprisingly, in terms of on-paper figures, everything else is exactly the same.

Both have 0-62mph times of 6.5 seconds, both have a 154mph top speed and both have the same fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

So is there any real difference between the two other than the size of the boot? We believe there is, since we noticed quite a difference in the way the pair drive on the road.

Road Test Editor Graeme Lambert explains: http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/review...es-take-on-it/


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Old 08-15-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Loving the picture of the estate luggage space. I'd buy a non ST estate if Ford offered it here. I need more space
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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Personally I dont like the look of the elongated rear end, and the hatch has plenty of space for me, but I can see the appeal for people that want more room. Itd be nice if you could get them here.
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If Ford brought these stateside they'd have an order from me immediately. The only thing that keeps me from trading my V50 for an ST is the lack of space in the back. The hatch isn't bad but on long trips with four people things start to get tight.

ST estate would fit my needs perfectly.
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As most know I'm definitely NOT a fan of 4 doors but I think the ST as an Estate carries it off better. I've never owned a wagon but I might give that a look see if they ever brought it over here. Then I just have to come to grips with that dash.
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I've been looking for a while now for a long term replacement for the Swede. Something that has the same useful torque, same reasonable size, and same manual transmission fun. I'm rolling over 100k soon and will keep driving it until the wheels fall off but will need something newer to take on long haul trips. I just wish someone made an (affordable) car that checked all those boxes. The ST estate would do just that.
Our mk3 SE is great around town and on short runs, but load it up and it becomes a dog, and is space-limited to boot. It just needs a little more space and a little more grunt.

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Loving the picture of the estate luggage space. I'd buy a non ST estate if Ford offered it here. I need more space
Ford would probably rather sell you an Escape and not have to bring the Estate here to compete with it. The Estate is probably different enough from the ST hatchback already sold here to require its own certification. I wonder if even a non-ST Estate would cost any less than the base Escape in the end.

Another thing is would the non-ST Estate have enough power for U.S. buyers when it's carrying a full load? I don't have any problem with the (advertised) 160 hp in my sedan, but I'm usually in the car by myself with no junk in the trunk. Lots of members comment that they need "moar power!" even without the extra cargo space.
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they could put a 1.6L ecoboost in the wagon
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they could put a 1.6L ecoboost in the wagon
And they probably would if they believed they'd make enough money from it to justify the effort. Someone must have calculated that they would not.
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Ford would probably rather sell you an Escape and not have to bring the Estate here to compete with it. The Estate is probably different enough from the ST hatchback already sold here to require its own certification. I wonder if even a non-ST Estate would cost any less than the base Escape in the end.

Another thing is would the non-ST Estate have enough power for U.S. buyers when it's carrying a full load? I don't have any problem with the (advertised) 160 hp in my sedan, but I'm usually in the car by myself with no junk in the trunk. Lots of members comment that they need "moar power!" even without the extra cargo space.
True, a FWD base model Escape S is pretty cheap. You get the extra ride height and ground clearance but I would like to think that a non-ST estate would likely cost just about the same as either the hatch or the sedan which we all know can be had cheap (15-16k). I test drove a FWD escape 1.6 and 2.0, and also the 2.0 AWD, but never drove the base model with the 2.4 i think.
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