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Ford Focus ST

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Focus ST

£18,100£27,890

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

A fun car with a practical side, but no longer one of the sharpest hot hatches on sale

The Focus ST had things relatively easy when it launched in 2012, when hot hatchbacks were fewer in number. It stood out as one of the more fun and aggressive out there, but with an estate version and cheap pricing to give it a practical edge.

Alas (for Ford at least), things have moved on and the hot hatch is going through something of a golden age. The ST has been surpassed by not only the Honda Civic Type R and Seat Leon Cupra, established names, but a newcomer and a returning hero in the form of the Hyundai i30N and Peugeot 308 GTI.

The Focus ST is still good enough to consider, particularly if you’re offered a startlingly cheap deal. But it’s no longer on the hot hatch podium. Perhaps the brand new Focus - and its inevitable ST version - will rectify that…

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Ford Focus ST yellow front
Ford

2.0T ST-2 5dr

£24,510
N/A
42mpg
6.50s
250bhp
159g/km
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