The new Ford ST appears to be at the head of some very positive reviews floating around. To be honest, it was very hard to find anything negative about it. Except maybe a few of you who weren’t so impressed by the tangy colour. Personally I love it! Here’s a few quotes from credible sources about the car:
“The old Focus ST was certainly a tough act to follow, but Ford’s engineers have done a great job with the new car. The torque vectoring, variable ratio steering and turbocharged 2.0-litre engine all play their part in making the newcomer a seriously capable all-rounder. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that you can pick up a Focus ST for £4,000 less than a Volkswagen Golf GTI.” – Auto Express
“If you’re looking for a hardcore hyper hatch then buy a Renault Megane 265 Cup. However, if you’re happy to trade a few thrills for better comfort, superior practicality and lower running costs, the new ST makes a great deal of sense.
The only stumbling block is the Golf GTI. Which car you should choose really depends on how many luxuries you want; although the entry-level Focus ST-1 looks like cracking value, undercutting the VW by more than £4000, it misses out on things such as leather seats, climate control and automatic light and wipers.” – WhatCar?
“Focus ST stands comparison with the best, no question. The Golf still has a real charm to it, a natural feel to its steering that the Focus doesn’t quite. But the ST’s chassis counters with an agility and neutrality that that’s superior to the Golf GTI’s.
So, in the end there’s little denying: the ST brings renewed vigour and unrivalled agility to the class, at a price nothing else can touch. The best fast Fords always do, and I think the ST might just be one of them.” – Auto Car
“Inside there are all the usual Ford touches. The car is fully loaded with as much gadgetry as Ford can possibly pack in. This means sat nav, a Sonystereo, keyless ignition and a rather cool set of dash-mounted gauges, including one for turbo pressure. More cars should have a turbo pressure gauge. It might not add much to the usability of the car, but it’s fun to see dials flipping out under speed. There is also the usual handy iPod connector which will charge and let you playback audio from your iPhone or iPod.” – Pocket lint
“It’s a great drive, this new 2012 Ford Focus ST. Given the character of the old five-cylinder ST, it would have been easy for the new four-pot to feel like the poor relation, but the truth is that it still sounds great and has even more performance too, as well as those mpg and C02 wins.
The variable-ratio steering and torque vectoring aren’t perfect, but they’re still impressive, as is the fact that this ST still has the slightly long-legged compliance of its predecessor, a trait that bodes well for day-to-day drivability.” – Car Magazine