You might be wondering what the ‘Active X’ bit stands for. It’s an SUV-inspired, slightly more rugged version of the Ford Focus Estate. What that translates to is some aggressive-looking bumpers, black plastic cladding around the sills and arches, roof rails, and a slightly raised ride height, thanks to bigger tyres and a different suspension from the ‘normal’ car. This isn’t an SUV by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s an estate that likes the look of an SUV, and has nicked a few bits for a night out.
I’ve been used to life with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, so to switch that up for a 2.0-litre diesel with 150 horsepower feels like switching a barge for a rocket ship. Plenty of power for getting out of any sticky situation, although if you put your foot down a bit too forcefully, it’s quite easy to spin up the front wheels.