Ford Focus ST 2.5 Review
Shifting focus

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 Aug 2009

Achtung! The updated Focus ST is now on our shore, and it drives better and sounds more evil too...wiee!

Ford Focus ST

"Another day, another hot-hatch" you say? Naah...Come on, don't be an old geezer and shun such cars! Hot-hatches should be loved and cherished - after all, they're the only sort of car that are (a) fun to drive, (b) let you fully understand what driving is all about and (c) look pretty cool when compared to anything else on this earth.

As of late - if you were to notice - there hasn't been much hot-hatches available in our market. And even sadder to see some of them phased out of our market due to the fact that they didn't sell well enough - like the Peugeot 207 GTI that quietly left our market.

But to make up for it, we now have the updated version of Ford's Focus ST. Question time - is it enough to please hot-hatch fans that are willing to fork out their money to enjoy the best bit of driving?


First things first, the ST gets a new face. A whole new bumper that looks far sportier and more detailed than the previous version - wider air inlet, sleek foglamps and longer honeycomb grill in between the headlamps. Speaking of that - unlike the bread-and-butter Focus, the ST gets a pair of smoked headlamps with projectors for better lighting.

Over at the rear, the ST also gets a new set of tail lamps, this time around with clear lenses. Notice anything else besides that? Come on, take a closer look...yes, the rear bumper now sports a diffuser above the chrome exhaust tips. Now if that doesn't shout "sporty!", then I don't know what else does.

The ST badges are aplenty around the car, so at least that adds more visual cue that this isn't your ordinary Focus. But it's not exactly flamboyant, even in the fetching "Colorado Red" paint of our test car.


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Engine Capacity 2522cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 5
Power 225bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 161.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 241 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4357 x 1839 x 1497) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Turning Circle 5.84 metres
Kerb Weight 1392 kg
Boot Capacity 385 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs