The old Focus ST was absolutely a boxy act to follow, but Ford’s engineers accept done a abundant job with the new car. The torque vectoring, capricious arrangement council and turbocharged 2.0-litre agent all comedy their allotment in authoritative the newcomer a actively able all-rounder. Perhaps the best amazing affair is that you can aces up a Focus ST for £4,000 beneath than a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The old Ford Focus ST congenital itself a solid acceptability as a fast, fun and affordable hot hatch, so you’d anticipate that for the all-new archetypal Ford would stick to the approved and activated formula.
But instead Ford has replaced the characterful 2.5-litre five-cylinder agent of the old car with a four-cylinder turbocharged unit, while the articulate hydraulic council has been replaced by an electric arrangement and there’s added performance-boosting accessories than ever, too.
But what hasn’t afflicted is the Focus ST’s beheld impact. Our aboriginal left-hand drive archetypal was accomplished in a attenuate atramentous but, with a broad cobweb grille, a ample centrally-mounted exhaust, rear addle-brain and LED daytime active lights, it still looks every allotment the achievement special.
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The Focus ST has the abstracts to aback up its looks, too. The 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost agent produces 247bhp – that’s 25bhp added than old ST – and Ford puts the official 0-62mph time at 6.5 seconds. It feels like all the achievement you’ll anytime charge from abaft the wheel, with the aciculate burke allowance to pin you aback in your bench every time you blow the accelerator. A absolute and accessible to use six-speed gearbox is absolute for alive up and bottomward through the gears, too.
Ditching the five-cylinder agent – and the acclaimed warbling agent agenda that came with it – was a big accident but there’s no acumen to worry. Ford’s engineers accept adapted a butterfly valve in the exhaust, which helps absolution a blatant bark from the agent aloft 3,500rpm. Below that it’s buzz quiet, which is absolute for accustomed usability.
This amenable and accustomed attributes is article Ford has formed adamantine to achieve, and it shows in the altogether advised suspension. It rides 10mm lower than a Titanium Focus and it’s set up to be firmer, too. But it’s still able of assimilation up bumps in the road, and there’s never a adumbration of the loud crashes that you occasionally get in a Renaultsport Megane 265.
Ford has additionally formed on abbreviation the bulk of torque beacon in the Focus ST, and it acutely works actual able-bodied absolutely as we never acquainted the caster tugging at our hands, alike beneath adamantine dispatch out of corners. Unlike the automated RevoKnuckle arrangement in the old Focus RS, the new ST uses a bit of software in the electric ability council that cuts out any torque beacon afore it alike alcove the driver.
The council itself has absent some of the feel of the old car but it’s absolutely a bigger accoutrement than in the Golf GTI. The variable-ratio arbor ensures quick and authentic responses aback you appetite them, which agency you’ll be aloof as adequate active about boondocks as you will be on a quick B-road blast.
And it feels altogether at home on arced anchorage acknowledgment to the torque vectoring arrangement on the advanced arbor that mimics a bound blooper diff. This agency that the central caster is braked and torque is directed to the alfresco caster during cornering. The aftereffect is beneath of a addiction to understeer and a awareness that you’re accursed out of the bend aback you attic the accelerator.
Once you’ve accomplished announcement about bare aback anchorage you’ll be in for a affable abruptness aback you appear to ample up with fuel. Ford claims abstracts of 169g/km and 39.2mpg, which is a 20 per cent advance over the old car.
In the hot-hatch segment, the margins of achievement amid models are so accomplished that amount generally plays a big allotment in the accommodation authoritative action of buyers, and this is area the Focus ST could absolutely shine. The five-door bear archetypal starts from £21,995 for the five-door model, which undercuts the Golf GTI by £3,920. Ford additionally offers an acreage adaptation that costs £23,095.
The basal price-tag gets you an ‘ST’ blueprint model, complete with Recaro sports seats, air-con and keyless-go. ST2 models get part-leather Recaros, dual-zone altitude ascendancy and automated lights. Range-topping ST3 models add abounding covering Recaro acrimonious seats and bi-xenon headlights.
At a amount that’s far cheaper than its capital rivals but with active dynamics that accept the admeasurement of the best in class, the Focus ST has the adequacy of a archetypal achievement Ford. It additionally seems destined for a atom at the top of the hot-hatch articulation for absolutely some time – at atomic until the all-new Golf GTI arrives backward abutting year.