Ford Focus ST 2.5 Review: Shifting focus

Ford Focus ST 2.5 Review: Shifting focus

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
02 Aug 2009
What we like:
pros
Engine and exhaust note both sound much better than before
pros
updated equipment level gives the interior a more plush feel
pros
improved ride and body-control means it's a much composed car to drive hard and fast now.
What we dislike:
cons
Cheap bits can still be found within the car
cons
needs a bigger spoiler to add more visual drama
cons
you can't help but notice how nose-heavy the ST can get.

So yes, the Ford Focus ST remains as one of the hottest hatch money can buy for now, and it undercuts both the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf GTI when it comes to economic of sense. New additional equipment is an appreciated touch, the driving sensation is one that you can easily love and live with on a daily basis, and it isn't as harsh or brutal as a WRX STI. Best of all, there's a sleek charisma - you can impress the boss when showing up for work in it, plus at the same time, won't be labelled a "boy-racer" as there's also a certain mature charm.

Hence if you have $109k and am thinking of splurging all of it on a hot-hatch the wife will approve of and the parents won't complain (of getting backaches, of course), then you can't go wrong with the Focus ST.

Credits: Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim

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