Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
OK, so it's missing its predecessor's more expensive suspension arrangement (binned for cost reasons), there's a fair bit more roll than you'd ideally like (the opposite end of the ride equation) and a fair amount of torque-steer on offer. But its failings give it a playful sort of character, which is a welcome antidote to countryside this stark.
We jolt onto some fresh tarmac. Until this point - and through no fault of our own - I've largely driven slowly, but pebble-smooth road is an infrequent treat, and one that must be taken advantage of. It's here that I'm reminded that the ST estate is a rather fast car.