Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
This, as you may have guessed, is not the usual congratulatory drive of our Hot Hatch of the Year. Firstly, because that's not our style. Secondly, because we're in Moscow. This is a city with roads like corduroy, and if the traffic doesn't kill you, it'll certainly make you late for dinner. Driving styles range from the incompetent to the murderous, cars range from the sublime to the Soviet, and it's the single most baffling town to navigate in the world (honourable mention - Lecce, Italy). It's the ultimate test of our previous conclusion that the Focus ST Estate is a car for every mood, every journey and every road.
The ST's a Ford World car, too. Simple concept, this: instead of building loads of different products tailored to regional tastes, there's one product for lots of markets. That means it's available here in Russia, and, as a charitable aside, I'm introducing this Colorado Red one - one of the 200-odd that'll come here officially - to its new home.