Ford Focus ST review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Focus ST 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus ST 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Ford Focus ST 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front right static
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 headlight detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear light detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 wing mirror detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD front seats
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD boot open
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus ST 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Ford Focus ST 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 front right static
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 headlight detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 rear light detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 wing mirror detail
  • Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD front seats
  • Ford Focus ST 2019 RHD boot open

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The standard Ford Focus ST hatchback isn’t badly priced compared with its rivals, and only the Cupra Leon and Skoda Octavia vRS start lower.

There’s a hefty premium to be paid for the ST Edition, but it still undercuts the similarly quick Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport by several thousand pounds. If you equip a Focus ST to a similar level to the Hyundai i30N it starts to look a bit pricey.

Overview

The Ford Focus ST is not as fun to drive as the Renault Megane RS or (if you can find one) Toyota GR Yaris, but it is well priced and well equipped against its major competitors. Plus, it's just as practical as the regular Focus, making it perfect for performance-hungry families. Ignore the diesel, though.

  • Grippy and reasonably fun to drive
  • Great driving position
  • Well equipped
  • Pricier than some more powerful rivals including the Civic Type R
  • Interior is a bit low rent
  • Steering is inconsistently weighted