IF you need lots of space but still want hot hatch pace then Ford may have just the car to meet your demands.
It comes in the shape of the Focus ST Estate which combines all the fun of a regular hot hatch with bags of practicality and style.
The ST estate retains the fantastic chassis and engine from the latest ST hatch but offers it and a practical body style for just over £1,000 more and that makes it a really useful tool.
It is still a very good looking car but offers a 608-litre boot which increases to 1,653 litres with the rear seats folded and it does that without having any adverse impact on the superb driving dynamics.
The estate only weighs an extra 35kg and I could not detect any difference when on the move.
Power comes from the fantastic 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine which produces 276bhp and 420Nm of torque. It lets you tackle the sprint from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds - just one tenth slower than the hatchback - while the 155mph top speed is the same.
The latest WLTP figures say the estate is capable of up to 39.8mpg with a low of 23.9mpg and Ford claim the average figure of just over 35mpg with the same 179g/km CO2 rating.
Out on the road the car feels and behaves exactly the same as its sibling hatch which means it offers huge grip and great fun.
The suspension is excellent but obviously on the firm side to cope with the performance and the steering is sharp and accurate. The sports seats help to protect you from getting bounced around too much when you encounter poor surfaces.
Standard adaptive dampers also help and when you put the ST in Sport mode you can tackle fast corners with confidence and a smile on your face while the electronically-controlled limited-slip differential works hard to find traction.
The ST Estate is also a good-looking car with large 19-inch alloys, unique upper and lower ST grilles, a full bodystyling kit, large rear spoiler, privacy glass and red brake calipers.
Inside standard equipment is generous with an eight-inch screen with sat-nav,Apple CarPlay,Android Auto, parking sensors and a reversing camera, as well as e-LSD, adaptive cruise with lane keep and autonomous braking, part-leather Recaro sports seats, a B&O stereo, heated seats and steering wheel, keyless operation and adaptive LED lights.
All the latest safety equipment is included and in this weather the Quickclear heated windscreen is a real bonus.
The SCALE Ford Focus ST 13-18 Coilover suspension upgrade is designed to achieve a perfect balance of street comfort and increased performance. This suspension system allow you to easily adjust your ride height while increasing handling performance.
Our patented scaled system design allow easier and precise adjustment and ensure equal height on each corner.
The Part # : FD06-IS coil over shocks are handcrafted to your specs at SCALE facilities.
This model front macpherson configuration come with adjustable camber plate front top mount to allow you to set your desired camber spec to avoid excessive tire wear. We recommend the use of the gravitational bearing option to reduce the effort of the camber plate.
The rear multilink configuration only have oem alignment adjustment. If you need more adjustment, you can check if adjustable control arms are offered by specialized company.
Our mono-tube shock absorber are using high-quality cnc piston valve, synthetic oil and high-pressure nitrogen gas contained within one tube
We can always customize spring rate and shock length to fit your exact needs. Feel free to email our sales for any specific needs so they can help you figure the best configuration for you.
|Suspension Type Front||MacPhearson|
|Suspension Type Rear||Multilink|
|Number of Valving Selections||24|
|Aluminium Type||6061-T6 CNC-Forged|
|Spring Color (Default)||Black Gloss|
|Powdercoated Body||Black Gloss|
|Body Diameter (mm)||M52X1.5|
|Shock Oil Type||Synthetic Shock Oil|
|Pressurized Charge||High Pressure Nitrogen gas|
|Low Version Available?||Yes|
|Extreme Low Available ?||No|
Ford Focus ST (2013-2018) review
If you believe motoring is meant to be enjoyed, then the Ford Focus ST could be the family hatchback for you. There are faster hot hatches, but few share the Ford’s mix of great handling, punchy performance, and affordable practicality. It’s an accessible confection of family-friendly fun that has made the Focus ST a winner in previous guises, and the latest update has done nothing to dampen our enthusiasm.
New engines – including a punchy diesel – add a new dimension to performance, while styling, suspension and interior upgrades bring a little more sophistication to the party. There are compromises, of course, but Ford’s hottest Focus demands fewer of these than most of its rivals.
With fast Fords like the GT supercar, Focus RS hatch and even the F-150 Raptor pick-up earning plaudits, it's easy to forget about Ford's ST range. The Fiesta ST is a cracking hot hatch, while the Focus ST is also worth considering if you want a great-value fast family car.
We say fast family car rather than hot hatch, because the Focus ST is offered as a five-door hatch or an estate. Both can be had with either a 247bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol or a 185bhp TDCi diesel, while the latter can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Ford's Powershift auto.
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As you would expect, the petrol ST is the faster of the two, with a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds, which is competitive with most of its front-wheel drive hot hatch rivals, while the TDCi manages the same sprint in 8.1 seconds (the auto model is faster, at 7.7 seconds).
In corners, the Focus ST handles well, although it's not quite as enthralling as some of Ford's other performance models. There's lots of grip, decent feedback through the wheel and a torque vectoring system helps keep torque steer at bay and helps the ST in corners.
The ST gets sportier bodykit than the standard Focus, although Ford does offer ST-Line trim on the standard range to give it a bit of a visual boost. The key identifiers of the full-fat ST are the honeycomb grille up front, 18-inch wheels and centre-exit exhaust sticking out of the back bumper. There's also an exclusive colour on the options list, and choosing Tangerine Scream (above) really helps the ST shout about its performance. If you don't want to draw attention, then there are the usual white, black, red and blue options, while standard colours are either red or grey.
As well as having a choice of body styles and engines available, the ST also comes in different numbered trim levels. There used to be a Focus ST-1, but now only ST-2 and ST-3 are offered. Both versions feature 18-inch alloys, Ford SYNC infotainment with voice control and DAB radio, plus sports suspension and Recaro seats. On top of this, the ST 3 adds leather electrically adjustable seats, eight-inch touchscreen and xenon lights.
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The Focus ST has been around for a little while, and there are a number of rivals out there that either have more power, handle more sharply or manage both. Our favourite front-wheel drive hot hatchbacks are the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N and SEAT Leon Cupra, while the VW Golf GTI is also still a strong contender in the class. Elsewhere, the Peugeot 308 GTi is back on form, while the Skoda Octavia vRS offers more practicality to go with similar performance.
If you're looking at the Focus ST Estate, then its rivals are estate versions of the Leon Cupra and Octavia vRS, while the diesel ST again sees the Octavia vRS TDI go up against it, while the VW Golf GTD is also worth considering. Like the Focus, both of these models come as hatchbacks or estates, too.
For an alternative review of the latest Ford Focus ST Hatchback visit our sister site carbuyer.co.uk
In this review
Verdict - currently readingThe Focus ST is a fast, fun and affordable hot hatchback that also comes as an estate
Engines, performance and driveSuper handling and punchy performance from both petrol and diesel variants make the Focus ST a hoot to drive
MPG, CO2 and Running CostsNew diesel offers economy that belies the ST’s performance, but Focus depreciation is going to smart…
Interior, design and technologyUnderstated it ain’t, but dramatic style inside and out reflects the Focus ST’s character
Practicality, comfort and boot spaceFab up front, but cramped in the back and boot space is limited. Plenty of doors, though
Reliability and SafetyOnly ‘the nut holding the wheel’ might compromise a full-house safety package, but Focus ST reliability is less assured
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