Ford Focus ST review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The minute you open the Ford Focus ST’s driver's door, a pair of unique (to the ST) heavily bolstered, part-leather front seats from specialists Recaro immediately differentiate it from lesser Focus models. These adjust electrically in multiple ways and grip you tightly around the midriff, rather like a friendly bear.

They enhance what’s already a great driving position, because every Focus comes with loads of adjustment for its steering wheel, along with well-aligned pedals and a dashboard that is pretty simple to use.  

The quality of the interior materials is a little iffy, though, with plenty of hard plastics on show. However, the detailing, such as the alloy pedals and ST-engraved stainless steel scuff plates on the sills, add a smidgen of sporting panache and charm.

Visibility is generally good, with thinnish windscreen pillars that provide largely unobstructed forward vision. The thicker rear pillars are less helpful, but then you get lots of parking aids, such as the reversing camera and parking sensors at the front and rear. Oh yes, and at night there are adaptive LED headlights that illuminate your route through the gloom brilliantly. 

You also get Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system. It isn’t the best infotainment system on the market (the BMW M135i's is one of the best), but it’s better than the system you get in the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS. It is made up of an 8.0in touchscreen with built-in sat-nav, plus Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if you prefer using your phone’s navigation and apps instead. Then there’s the stereo: a Bang & Olufsen system that pipes a healthy 675 watts through its 10 speakers.

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