Two brand new estate cars have just been tested by Which? Car – the Ford Focus Estate and Hyundai i40 Tourer. Despite the Hyundai’s extra length (it’s more Mondeo-sized than Focus-sized), it’s priced to compete with the Focus. Which? Car tests reveal which one is the better buy.
The space race
Estate cars are all about practicality, space and flexibility. Both new models scored highly in this regard in the Which? Car assessment of boot space and adaptability.
Hyundai’s swoopy styled new i40 Tourer is a large car, at least in terms of length – it’s 214mm longer than the new Focus Estate. However the more staid-looking Ford is actually slightly wider and taller, so the differences in boot space and flexibility may not be as great as you think.
Which? members can find out exactly how much boot space we measured for each car in the Comfort & Practicality sections of our car reviews. If you’re not a member, you can
Fuel efficiency & CO2
As for carbon dioxide emissions, the Focus Estate range emits as little as 109g/km – under the crucial 110g/km tax-break point. The lowest carbon emitter in the i40 Tourer range has a figure of 113g/km. Further up the range, the 150bhp 1.6 EcoBoost version of the Focus Estate emits 139g/km of CO2 – a figure almost matched by the 1.6 GDi Bluedrive 135bhp i40 Tourer (at 140g/km).
Which? Car reviews always include full running cost calculations.
The price is right – or is it?
These two new estate cars are priced surprisingly closely. For instance, the entry-level Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.6 GDi Active with its 135bhp petrol engine is priced at £18,395. The Focus Estate 1.6 Zetec 125bhp – with its less powerful engine and shorter overall length – actually costs £205 more, at £18,600.
The position is reversed with diesel versions. The cheapest i40 Tourer diesel (the 1.7 CRDi 115bhp) is priced at £19,395, while the equivalent Focus Estate (the 1.6 TDCi 115bhp Edge) is £800 cheaper at £18,595.
However, Which? Car research reveals that the price you could actually pay may be very different as a result of new car price discounts.