Ford has a knack for producing sweet-handling cars, and it has done the business again with the Focus. Even on standard models, strong grip and solid body control make it feel wonderfully agile in bends, while the super-accurate steering weights up progressively the faster you go.
There is a niggle with that steering, though. While impressively precise, it’s so keen around the straight-ahead that you may find it feels overly aggressive as you turn in to fast corners, and it also returns to centre a little too hastily.
This is less of problem with ST-Line models, as the quick steering feels more in tune with the ‘warm’ hatch’s sharper chassis. Reasonable power outputs also mean that the front wheels are rarely overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, this cannot be said of the range-topping ST models. With 247bhp on tap, it’s all too easy to get the front wheels spinning in dry conditions. Combined with the overly sensitive steering, this can make the steering wheel writhe around as the wheels struggle to transfer the power to the road.