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Ford Focus ST

The independent definitive Ford Focus ST video review
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    QUALITY ST (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Ford's Focus ST hot hatch is back, with a styling update, improvements to the chassis and the option of a diesel model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 57

    The Focus ST was already one of our favourites. Making it better to drive, improving the looks and the perceived quality, adding a diesel engine and fettling the efficiency a bit has done it no harm at all. If you were about to choose a Golf GTI/GTD, here's one alternative that's going to be worth serious consideration.

    Backgroundword count: 139

    It took Ford quite a long time to hit the sweet spot with its Focus ST line. The first stab, the ST170, handled brilliantly but was hobbled by an engine that seemed to have less torque than a salad spinner. Its replacement certainly rectified that, its anvil-like five-cylinder turbo engine offering buckets of torque and character but it also came with a terrifying fuel thirst. Third time round proved the charm, with the Focus getting a modern 2.0-litre turbo engine that was lighter and more efficient. That third generation Focus ST has been given a good working over in order to keep it looking fresh. The styling's been updated, efficiency has been improved still further with the addition of Auto-Start-Stop, cabin quality improves and there's also a diesel version on offer. Don't worry, Ford hasn't badged it an STD.

    Driving Experienceword count: 227

    So, about those engines. The 250PS 2.0-litre Ecoboost remains the mainstay of the range, getting the ST to 62mph in 6.5 seconds. Peak power is available at 5,500 rpm, 360 Nm of torque is available from 2,000-4,500 rpm, and maximum speed is 154 mph. The diesel is an interesting addition. This takes the existing 2.0 TDCi seen in 150PS guise elsewhere in the Focus range and beefs power up to 185PS, achieved by electronic calibration, a revised air intake system and a sports exhaust. Peak power is developed at 3,500 rpm and there is 400 Nm of torque available from 2,000-2,750 rpm. The car gets to 62 in 8.1 seconds and runs on to a top speed of 135 mph. Both engines use a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift. The gear ratios - exclusive to ST and matched individually to each engine - are designed to deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed. Other refinements include a Torque Steer Compensation (TSC) system to take the wriggle out of the steering under hard acceleration. There's also a three mode stability control system that can be switched all the way off should you want to acquaint yourself with mid-corner yaw gain on track. Reworked power steering, a torque vectoring system and more focused springs, shock absorbers and bushings complete the dynamic overhaul.

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    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    6.5

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    316

    476

    Boot capacity max (litres):

    1101

    1502

    Combined mpg:

    39.2

    CO2 (g/km):

    169

    Extra urban mpg:

    50.4

    ... and 9 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Sporting Cars

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    80%
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