Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
What I admire about the ST is that no matter what it's just been put through, it's clearly had a whale of a time. The brakes are smoking and the engine is pinging as Stig exits and stalks towards the cowering Golf, and yet there's something of the Mo Farah about the new ST. It has energy and vitality.
It's also blissfully easy to drive with a light clutch and superb low-speed manners, so you then tread on it, and it snaps to attention in an instant. Heads up, boys, here I come. It's a simple car, this Focus, and delivers simple pleasures.