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For The ST handles sweetly, rides smoothly and its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine can unleash a 0-62 mph sprint time of just 6.5 secs. This ST-3 version gets plenty of kit, including heated leather seats, xenon headlights and rear parking sensors.

Against There’s no fancy limited-slip differential, so there’s a fair amount of torque steer as you pour on the power. ST-2 versions are better value for money.

Ford Focus Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

Ford’s Focus ST may not be as quick or as trick some hardcore rivals, such as the Renault Megane 265 Cup, but it’s a beautifully rounded machine. We’d go for the cheaper ST-2 version, though.

What Car? readers say

3.866667


Key facts

0–60mph
6.5 secs
Top speed
154 mph
Average mpg
39.2
Tank range
474 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Every Focus comes with air-conditioning, electric front windows and a USB connection. We’d go for popular Zetec trim, which adds alloy wheels, a 4.2-inch colour screen, Bluetooth, a digital radio and a heated windscreen. We’d understand if you went for the desirable Titanium version, though; this brings more convenience equipment and a posher-looking dashboard that gives the cabin a real lift, although it’s not cheap.

However you specify your Focus, make sure you get a big discount. Dealers should be prepared to knock off thousands of pounds, especially on more expensive versions. The Focus doesn’t have particularly strong resale values, so a discount will help to partially offset the steep depreciation.

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