Road Test: 2017 Ford Focus ST

Road Test: 2017 Ford Focus ST


Price: $29,806 (MSRP)

Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve turbocharged EcoBoost I-4

Trans: 6-speed manual

Power: 252 hp@ 5,500 rpm

Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,223 lbs./ 1,462 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 10.7/7.6


New for 2017: The Focus ST remains relatively unchanged for 2017 and remains essentially the same vehicle since the 2015 facelift.

Segment Competitors: Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf R, Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX, Ford Fiesta ST.

The Skinny: The Ford Focus ST is an absolute blast to drive and combines the every-day practicality of a four-door hatchback with a fun factor that is truly addicting. The 252 horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged engine provides impressive performance and will have you banging gears with the short throw shifter found controlling the 6-speed manual gearbox, but when driven a little more modestly the Focus ST provides a smooth ride that is as capable as any other four-door hatchback.

Pros: Acceleration is quite impressive if you can handle the torque steer while the Recaro race seats found inside hold you firmly in place during aggressive driving situations. The infotainment system is easy to use and the rest of the interior is well laid out.

Cons: The cargo area isn’t quite as spacious as some of its closest competitors.

The Verdict: While the Focus ST may not have quite the level of refinement that say the VW GTI has, it does carry the many of the same characteristics that make the VW hot-hatch so successful. It can safely and comfortably transport a family of four in everyday situations, but also has the ability to act as a strictly performance oriented vehicle. With an acceptable price point, the Focus ST should be high on the list for fans of this type of car.

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