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The Ford Focus stands out as one of the best driver’s cars in the class, with truly entertaining handling if you go for our favourite ST-Line Edition trim. Its sharp dynamics are complemented by the decent ride, quiet cruising manners and lots of passenger space. The iffy interior quality and slightly lacklustre performance are the main areas that mark it down.
The trimSee full equipment
The ST hot hatchback comes with lots of equipment as standard, including 19in alloys, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive dampers (not the estate, but that gets a powered tailgate instead), front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, heated front seats, a heated windscreen, and a heated steering wheel. The standard infotainment system includes an 8.0in touchscreen, sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and a 10-speaker/ 675-watt B&O stereo.
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The petrol version of the Focus ST is fast enough to live with the Renault Mégane RS and Hyundai i30 N – though not the Honda Civic Type R – in a straight line. There’s an augmented engine note that includes some smile-inducing firework theatrics from the exhaust, but it’s not into the realms of the ridiculous.
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