The all new performance minded Ford ST takes on some tough competition from the likes of the VW GTI and the Mazdaspeed 3. Hot hatches are ultra popular because they can carry up to 5 people, lots of cargo, and even car seats for kids all while having a strong ability to tear up your favorite back roads. So how does the Ford ST fair? Let’s find out!
The exterior definitely looks aggressive! It’s certainly not over the top, but with the rear spoiler and wheel bulges, you know that its a serious hot hatch.
The interior is fresh and new just like the outside. Inside there’s no mistaking that you are in the ST with the letters boldly emblazoned on the seats. The optional Recaro seats have very large bolsters that will definitely hold you in when cornering.
The My Ford Touch can be controlled via voice and it controls your entertainment and navigation, You can save your settings to SD card in case you own more than one Ford! Extra gauges show you your oil temperature and pressure, as well as turbo boost. The interior is ergonomically successful and aesthetically pleasing to.
There is seating for up to three in back, plus you also get a charger. The trunk is pretty large, plus you can fold the seats down for more room.
Power from the turbocharged 2 liter Ecoboost 4 cylinder is rated at 252 horsepower at 5200 rpm, and produces 270 lb. ft. of torque at a just 2500 rpm. That engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. It’s a torquey engine that scoots to 60 mpg in just 5.9 seconds on the way to a 1/4 mile time of just 14.6 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. You can expect 26 mpg overall.
The Focus STI Starts at $23,700. Add the $2,505 My Ford Touch Sony Sirius option and the $795 Navigation plus Destination and you are out the dealer door at $27,675.
If you are wondering how the Focus ST compares to it’s main rivals the VW GTI and the Mazda Speed 3, well you might be surprised to know that it is faster than both of them. Look for my reviews of those cars online, but I have to say having tested all three, I am proud of how this American Ford ST stacks up. It bests them both by about a half of a second to 60 mph, and it also handles amazingly well.
It’s also cheaper than the GTI and the Mazdaspeed 3 starting at just $24,495 including destination. So in the hot hatch crowd of cars, it is very important to be both the fastest and the least expensive and the Ford STI does both. Duh, winning! I’m Drivin’ Ivan Katz.
Ford Focus ST Video Review by Drivin’ Ivan Katz