The Ford Focus ST has always been one of the best handling hot hatches on the market, with subtle understated looks hiding seriously impressive hadnware underneath.
Featuring the 2.3 litre Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 276bhp and 420Nm of torque, this ST has got the power to go head to head with the Megane RS and i30N Performance. This is a far more developed engine from the one that used to be in the Focus RS, now featuring anti-lag technology developed for the Ford GT to ensure immediate power delivery in Sport and Track modes.
The Focus ST is still FWD, and sends the power via a 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching or an optional 7-speed automatic and it really does handle like a proper Ford hot hatch - agile, involving and dynamically adept.
For 2022 the ST gets a mild facelift, with new headlights, a new front bumper with a larger honeycomb grille and new rear lights and bumper too along with the choice of the new ST headline colour - Mean Green.
The biggest changes come inside though, where there now sits a 13.2-inch infotainment screen atop the centre of the dash which uses Ford's latest Sync4 system. There is also a new sports seat designed by Ford Performance with red and white stitching and a more stylish design and stitch pattern.
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