Ford Focus ST Review 2022

Ford Focus ST At A Glance

+280PS, 420Nm petrol EcoBoost engine.

-On sale summer 2019.

New prices start from £32,510

New Focus ST on sale in summer 2019 with prices from £29,500 for the diesel and £31,500 for the 280PS 2.3 Ecoboost petrol.

Available as a five-door hatchback or estate, the new Focus ST is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine producing 280PS and 420Nm of torque. There will also be a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel version with 190PS and 400Nm.

Based on the excellent new Focus, the ST model is set to be as comfortable as it is fun to drive, says Ford. The position of the Recaro front seats has been finely tuned - suggesting they might not be as high up as they were in previous models - while tweaked engine mounts provide an increase in refinement.

An ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates add a sporting touch to the interior, along with a sport steering wheel, alloy pedals and metal grey stitching. There's also Ford's SYNC3 multimedia system, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The petrol Focus ST hits 62mph in less than 6.0 seconds - half a second quicker than the old model, and potentially as fast as the Honda Civic Type R.

Selectable drive modes will be offered for the first time on a Focus ST, along with an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD). This will ensure the front-wheel-drive system responds quickly to changing grip levels and driver inputs.

Buyers get the choice of a six-speed manual or a new seven-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lag technology developed on the Ford GT supercar will be introduced on the Focus ST to ensure immediate power delivery when in Sport or Track drive modes.

Also new is rev-matching technology which automatically blips the throttle on downshifts, available as part of the optional Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost manual models.

Exterior colours include Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury - both exclusive to the ST in the Focus range - along with Frozen White, Magnetic Grey, Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black. Buyers can choose between 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Ford Focus ST 2.3 Ecoboost 280 2019 Road Test

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Why don't you rate the Ford Focus ST as one of the best hot hatches?
"In your Top 10: Hot Hatches list, you rate the Ford Fiesta ST but what about the Focus ST with the 2.3 engine? Why no mention?"
There's nothing wrong with the Focus ST but there are a lot of cars in that sector that are just as good if not better – cars like the Hyundai i30N, Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI. If we had to choose just one Ford hot hatch, though, it'd be the Fiesta ST. It's truly something special – more fun for less money and there's nothing else quite like it. Top 10: Hot Hatches: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/topten/top-10-hot-hatches/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a sports car for a tall driver?
"I've not long retired and would like to get a nippy sports car. I have a budget of about £10k. I'm 6ft 8ins tall and feel my choice may be very limited. Any ideas as to what I might fit in?"
While not quite as tall as you (I'm a mere 6ft3), I too have issues getting comfortable in sports cars. I suppose it depends on what you want from a sports car. You could go for a hot hatch like a Focus ST or Octavia vRS which has plenty of space but if you want a 'true' sports car like a two-seater, you may be more limited. Porsches tend to have good space and plenty of seat adjustment so an early Cayman or a Boxster may suit. Similarly, an Audi TT could be worth a look. German cars tend to have more space than French or Japanese when it comes to sports cars.
Answered by David Ross
What's the best affordable hot hatch?
"I'm looking at buying a hot hatch to complete my garage. I will be using it as one of my daily drivers, and the main purpose of it will be to have fun down the back roads. I have discounted the Hinda Civic Type R, as I found the infotainment system utterly dreadful and I couldn't live with that. Plus I have also discounted the M135i as I'm not a fan of the looks. I have also discounted the new Golf GTI as I didn't get that "feeling" when I drove it. I'm unsure of what to buy, any help would be appreciated. Budget isn't an issue, nor is fuel economy, but ideally it shouldn't be too expensive or too harsh on fuel. Currently, my favourite car that I've driven is the Focus ST. Should I buy this or something else?"
Try a Hyundai i30N Performance. It might be one of the more affordable hot hatches but we reckon it's also one of the best. It sounds terrific, is a riot to drive and has a better interior than the Civic. Chuck in a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and it's a really good purchase. Otherwise, the Focus ST is a good choice, or also consider a Mercedes-AMG A35.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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