Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
Like the hatch, it's got a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot, and despite a relatively svelte 24kg of extra mass (and 174 litres more boot), 0-62mph takes an identical 6.5 seconds. The turbo makes itself useful from 1,500rpm, and boost builds progressively to its 6,800rpm limit, hissing past the odd derelict house, truck and working girl on the roadside.
Just as the good tarmac runs out, a brilliantly Soviet town begins. A statue of Vladimir Lenin welcomes us, arm raised, straining coarsely for an audience. Behind the effigy there's an overgrown but fantastically lavish square, colossal sports hall and a cluster of tower blocks. But with the exception of a faraway, vividly dressed man - which turns out to be some plastic bags blown against a lamp post - it's completely, utterly lifeless.