Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
Despite knobbly winter tyres, this front-drive, 247bhp estatey hatch with no mechanical diff simply won't understeer. This isn't an official metric, but in mildly moist conditions it'll corner until the passenger window gets smeared with a photographer's face.
Moscow slowly rises from the ground, and the traffic congeals. A small accident happens just next to a lorry wearing faded Waitrose livery, but I've developed the native ambivalence. The traffic's annoying. But the ST isn't. The Recaro buckets hug, and though it's an expensive treat, there's an impressive depth to the top-spec infotainment.