Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
It's sleek and has PerfoHub suspension to help it cope with the recently uprated 261bhp engine. These two contrast heavily with the Focus and Golf. I've no idea what Ford was thinking when it took the decision to offer the ST only as a five-door or estate, but I'm guessing the absence of a racier three-door is down to something prosaic, like money or sales forecasts. But it does have a stand-out selling point, and it's not 247bhp. It's £21,995. The Astra starts at £26,995, the Megane £26,040, and although you can pick up a Golf for £25,650, this one is a £27,895 Edition 35. So, buy the Focus and save yourself five grand. Job done.