Inside, cabin quality has been given a subtle lift, but what's most noticable is the Focus's infotainment system, which was a standout weakness on the previous model. Titanium and Titanium X models come with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard, which is a massive improvement over what was included before.
Okay, so it's not the most responsive system on sale, nor the best laid-out, but it's still big and bold. Connecting your smartphone takes seconds, and it's nice to be able to jump between the main functions like nav and climate control with a single press, even though most of the time you'll defer to the physical controls for the latter.
Standard equipment on this Titanium model is generous: 16-inch alloy wheels, that eight-inch touchscreen, automatic city stop technology, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control and keyless start are all included.
Space for four adults is good, but if you want to squeeze three across the rear bench then the accommodation becomes less civilised. The boot is a respectable 490 litres without a spare wheel included, which is likely to be more than enough for anyone looking to haul a family and their luggage. Ultimately, though, you'll have more space to fill in both the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia Estates.
Should I buy one?
The Focus has always done a brilliant job of blending a genuinely fun set of handling characteristics with an impressively supple ride no matter which variant it comes in.
Happily, despite changes to both areas, it remains the benchmark for ride and handling in this class. As an estate, the Focus does a decent job, too. It's spacious and has a boot that'll deal with the majority of families' needs.
However, rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf estate, while not as refined as the Ford (in 1.6-litre diesel form at least) do offer more space and a higher-quality cabin together with similarly low CO2 emission and fuel consumption figures.
For its sheer size, the Skoda Octavia estate is worth considering, too. It can't match the Focus to drive but it's hard to fault for practicality.
Even so, the Ford deserves credit for delivering a more grown-up package that's still fun to drive in a class dominated by roomy but ultimately rather forgettable load-luggers.
Ford Focus Estate 1.5 TDCi 120 Titanium
Price £20,995 (from); 0-62mph 12.2sec; Top speed 111mph; Economy 74.3mpg; CO2 98g/km; Kerb weight 1564kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1499cc, turbodiesel; Power 118bhp at 3600rpm; Torque 199lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 6-speed manual