With its 2-litre EcoBoost engine, the Ford Focus ST delivers exhilarating power. This power is perfectly balanced by the precision control of new sports steering and enhanced Torque Vectoring Control, for exceptional grip when cornering. To add to the excitement, a specially tuned sound symposer intensifies the engine note in the cabin. The Ford Focus ST is now available as an estate as well as a 5-door.
Ford’s signature front end sits elegantly on the Focus ST and the car has been toughened up with aggressive air vents and a low-slung front splitter, which hints at its sporting aspirations. It’s a low slung car with a curved roof line that bleeds into that aggressive rear, which is topped off with a window spoiler and two central exhaust pipes that make the ST a legend in the style stakes.
The new ST is streets ahead of the old model thanks to Ford’s new Sync2 infotainment system, an aggressive new sports steering wheel loaded with controls and an elegant centre console that bestows a premium finish on this mid-range hot hatch. Of course, sports seats are part of the package.
The ST has its reputation for a reason - it’s quite simply got the sharpest handling and is one of the fastest cars in its class. It’s still a usable, everyday hatchback, but the ST comes with a variety of engine options and every one of them will put a smile on your face.
Even the diesel option comes with 182 bhp and is a truly rewarding drive that goes well beyond the average oil burner. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 247 bhp and 266 lb/ft of torque is the headline grabber, but even with that level of power it returns 41.5 mpg thanks to a number of innovative fuel-saving measures that include stop-start technology.
Customers can choose from the entry level ST-1 that comes loaded with standard equipment through to the ST-3 that offers a touchscreen DAB audio system, bi-xenon headlights, illuminated scuff plates, parking sensors, cruise control and Ford’s KeyFree system.
Electric power assisted steering gets lighter at low speeds and as you put your foot down, then the racing suspension comes into its own. The new Electronic Transitional Stability system helps keep the car under control when you change lanes and the Cross Traffic Alert keeps an eye on the blind spot while you reverse out of a space or even in traffic. Even the satnav has a hands-free voice-activated facility so you can focus on the road ahead. It’s just part of Ford’s commitment to safety, which includes constant high scores in the Euro NCAP tests.
The Ford Focus ST is one of the hottest hatches around - to experience it for yourself simply visit Allen Ford today at your local dealership or alternatively give us a call and book in your test drive today.