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Ford Focus ST review - price, specs, 0-60 time
The Fast Ford formula is alive and well in the Focus ST: everyday usability meets serious performance at an affordable price. Replacing the notoriously thirsty five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbo motor of its predecessor with a smaller 2.0-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine hasn’t just improved economy and emissions but given performance a useful shot in the arm as well. And in this facelifted car, those strengths still remain.
It finds full expression in a supple, sporty chassis that strikes a canny balance between handling acuity and ride comfort. It may not be as fast and entertaining as Renault’s hardcore RS Meganes but, with 247bhp and a top speed of 154mph, it has more than enough going for it to take the fight to the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Vauxhall Astra VXR. The much improved cabin is a still far from the best but, overall, the Focus ST delivers where it matters.
Don’t overlook the charms of the ST estate. It offers a whopping extra 400 litres of bootspace with the seats folded down (that 1502 litres in total) and weighs only 24kg more than the hatchback. It measures nearly 200mm longer, but its wheelbase is identical to the five-door, as is its performance: the 6.5sec dash to 62mph and 154mph top speed are unchanged.
‘Ford has pulled off something of a masterstroke with its latest Focus ST. There are faster, sharper-handling rivals. Others, perhaps most notably the Golf GTI, have a high quality look and feel that eludes the Ford. But it’s the way the ST manages the fundamentals – performance, entertainment, everyday practicality and price – that makes it such an appealing proposition. ’
David Vivian, Contributing Road Tester, evo