Ford Focus 2.3 EcoBoost ST 5dr Review

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The Ford Focus stands out as the best driver’s car in the class, with handling that truly entertains. It's complemented by a fine ride that almost matches a Volkswagen Golf for comfort and passenger space very nearly on a par with the Skoda Octavia. It's mainly the iffy interior quality and slightly lacklustre performance that mark it down.

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Trim: ST

The ST hot hatchback comes with lots of equipment as standard, including 19in alloys, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive dampers (not the estate), 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 and Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto.

Engine: 2.3 EcoBoost

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.

Key information

0-62 MPH5.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: 26.2Motorway: 45.6
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating