But enough of aesthetics. Outside, there’s a track to
play with, and I, for one, am very keen to know how these four cars compare.
First up, the small matter of the battle for hot-hatch supremacy. OK, so we
haven’t got a Golf GTI or Megane RenaultSport here, but, gaping differences in
price aside, VXR vs ST is a crunch match.
ST first. Sam drove one of these 3,300 miles across
America last issue, which is one hell of an achievement and rather belittles my
few-laps-around-an-airfield counterpoint. But one thing’s clear from the moment
you slot yourself into the big, fat, cupping seats – the ST has lost none of its sense of purpose. So the 4cyl EcoBoost engine doesn’t idle with the same offbeat rumble
as the old five. Big deal. I’m more concerned that, from the moment you get
moving, the Focus feels tight and precise. Except the suspension, which
delivers comfort. Perhaps too much. It’s not squidgy exactly, more…
accommodating, like it’s built to satisfy as many different driving appetites