The dust has unofficially settled following the release of the hotly anticipated Ford Focus ST, which has certainly left a positive impression among publications and those who are among the first to own one. You may remember we went to visit Ford Batley at the beginning of July to gather our first impressions on the new Focus ST, and it certainly didn't disappoint us, either.
At the end of that article, we told readers to keep an eye out for the first drive to see what we thought. Well, that time has now come, because we managed to swindle the keys from the friendly team at the FordStore in Lincoln for the day. And, better yet, we managed to get some track time on the Cadwell Park Circuit in Louth, Lincolnshire. We don't want to give away too much early on, but keep on reading, because it was a riot.
The Focus ST has been a highly rated car throughout each generation it has made an appearance, and we're pleased to see the success continues with this latest model. Performance is strong; the handling is positive; and additions such as the Recaro seats are hugely appetising.
However, what really separates the Focus ST from rivals in the same class is its ability to capture what made hot hatchbacks of old so special. It feels refreshingly raw and stripped back, allowing the driver to grab the car by the scruff of the neck and really enjoy the experience of driving. Yet, it still feels refined, comfortable, and practical when you want it to settle down. This is a fantastic all-round hot hatchback that is worthy of a test drive.