FORD

FORD FOCUS DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2140 g/km

Ford's fourth generation Focus ST is now smarter, classier and more dynamically adept. In hatch or estate guise, with petrol or diesel power, it's a car that's now easier to get the most from. And a machine you can enjoy to the full on your favourite road without afterwards having to pay for it with the kind of over-firm ride you simply don't want in everyday traffic. Ultimately, so many quick cars can feel.... well, rather irrelevant. Here's one that's anything but....

QUALITY ST

Ford's Focus ST hot hatch is back, with a mission. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Ford's fourth generation Focus ST is now smarter, classier and more dynamically adept. In hatch or estate guise, with petrol or diesel power, it's a car that's now easier to get the most from. And a machine you can enjoy to the full on your favourite road without afterwards having to pay for it with the kind of over-firm ride you simply don't want in everyday traffic. Ultimately, so many quick cars can feel.... well, rather irrelevant. Here's one that's anything but....

Background

'ST' is a badge that, when it comes to Ford, stands for 'quick but not concussive', a performance level that sits just above the company's fast-but-family-friendly 'ST-Line' models. But just below their track-spec RS derivatives. A badge applied to the kind of car a red-blooded racer could afford, enjoy and use every day. A car like this - the fourth generation Focus ST. The Focus ST is the kind of car that's always democratised performance, giving you something of the speed of a supercar within the body - and the budget - of something much more ordinary. Other brands promise this kind of thing but in reality, often do little more than bolt a set of spoilers and a turbo onto something more mundane. Ford though, has a different approach, the Blue Oval brand boasting a long history of developing proper performance versions of its mainstream models, designed by enthusiasts to be driven by enthusiasts. That's certainly seems to be what's been delivered with this MK4 Focus ST. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

There are plenty of very significant changes over the previous generation model. We'll start with the fresh engine line-up, which offers 12% more power and 17% more torque than before. There are two units on offer; an entry-level 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel and the powerplant you'll probably prefer, a 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol unit. Buyers choose between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a new quick-shifting 7-speed auto transmission. Selectable Drive Mode technology is introduced on a Focus St for the first time, enabling drivers to adjust the car's character to suit the kind of drive experience they want. The various settings tweak steering feel, throttle response, stability control thresholds and, on petrol models, suspension response too, courtesy of the 'CCD' 'Continuously Controlled Damping' system that's standard on the EcoBoost models to further improved the sophisticated 'SLA' multi-link suspension set-up. Go for the petrol derivative and you also get an 'e-LSD' Electronic Limited Slip Differential. The system uses hydraulically activated clutches to limit the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes up to 100 per cent of available torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheel spin that can hamper acceleration through, and out of, corners. You'll want to know how fast it is; well, plenty quick enough. Thanks to 420Nm of torque, the EcoBoost petrol version uses the most free-revving Focus ST engine ever and sprints to 62mph in less than six seconds.

Design and Build

One area where the previous third generation Focus ST clearly regressed was stance. Ask any petrolhead and they'll tell you that the way a car sits on its wheels is a pretty fundamental part of its visual appeal. Some cars look squat, muscular and purposeful. The third generation ST never really managed that. There was just too much air under its wheel arches and the front end looked high and gawky. Remedial work has very much been conducted with this latest model. The body kit gives it a lower, wider stance, the bonnet is more aggressively sculpted. A larger, more steeply angled rear roof spoiler increases downforce to support the Focus ST's driving dynamics. A twin exit tailpipe configuration borders the aggressively styled rear diffuser element, and improves practicality by delivering the towing capability that was prevented by the centre-exit tailpipes of the previous generation Focus ST. The cabin is well trimmed, featuring a great set of Ebony coloured part-leather-trimmed Recaro sports seats with cushion tilt and length adjustment. Other neat touches include a grippy sports steering wheel, an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates, alloy pedals, metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements, plus metal grey stitching for the seats, door inserts and centre console.

Market and Model

Focus ST pricing starts at a fraction under £30,000, so it's no longer the bargain it once was, though Ford points out that this is explained to some extent by the fact that stripped-out entry-level trim packages are no longer offered. There's just a single spec this time round, though you do get the choice of either five-door hatch or Estate body styles, the latter requiring an £1,100 premium. Either way, there's the choice of either a 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine or, for around £2,500 more, the 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol unit that most will want. If you think that premium sounds quite high, bear in mind that it gets you not only a more powerful engine but also adaptive 'CCD' damping and an 'e-LSD' Electronic Limited Slip Differential. All variants come well equipped with 19-inch 5x2-spoke alloy wheels, Adaptive LED headlamps, LED tail lights and a full body kit including a large rear spoiler, plus there's unique ST Sport suspension. Inside, you'll find part-leather Recaro seats, a 675-watt 10-speaker B&O audio system, alloy pedals, polished stainless steel scuff plates, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control.

Cost of Ownership

Though the petrol version of this model uses a higher-capacity engine this time round, a lot of work's gone in to try and make sure that overall efficiency won't be affected. The EcoBoost powerplant uses a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, which scavenges exhaust gas energy more effectively than the old 2.0-litre unit, using separated channels to minimise interference between gas pulses. An electronically actuated waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for optimised engine performance. In addition, a unique exhaust system that reduces back pressure, bespoke air intake system and optimised intercooler further improve breathing. Let's get to the figures. The 2.3-litre petrol version manages up to 34.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 179g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, the figures are 50.4mpg and 125g/km. What else? Well we'll tell you about servicing. Two pre-paid servicing plans are available and maintenance bookings can be done online through the 'My Ford' portal. This is part of the 'Ford BlueService' scheme that wraps up all of the care and maintenance of your car into one bundle that includes a free 30-point 'eCheck' of vital parts and highlights any work required with a red, amber and green traffic light warning to rank items that need attention in order of importance.

Summary

Let's be clear: the previous MK3 model Focus ST was a very good car indeed. But it wasn't as involving and rewarding as its little Fiesta ST stablemate. It wasn't the car it could have been: now it is. This fourth generation Focus ST is now the very definition of what a car of this kind should be, a guilt-free fast hatch with near-supercar performance and technology that's relatively affordable and perfectly practical. We're promised here a class-leading ride and handling balance, there's estate versatility if you want it and you get the option of low diesel running costs if that's needed. All without compromise in a car that deserves to be remembered fondly in a fine tradition of fast Fords.

  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Tailgate wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing

  • Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
  • Auto hold function
  • Red brake calipers
  • Post collision braking
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti lock brake system + Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Electronic stability control

  • Front and rear floor mats with metal grey stitching

  • Unique ST sport suspension

  • Bluetooth system
  • Wireless charging pad

  • Lane keeping system - lane keeping alert and lane keeping aid
  • Selectable drive mode
  • Rear wide view camera
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Eco mode
  • Power assisted steering

  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Hands free power tailgate

  • 12.3" Digital instrument cluster
  • Ford SYNC 3 navigation with 8" TFT touchscreen, and app link Android auto/Apple carplay
  • Digital clock
  • Trip computer
  • Head up Display

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • B&O Premium audio system with 360 degree sound, 10 speakers, 675 Watts amplifier power & digital sound processo
  • 2 USB ports
  • Aux input

  • Body coloured door handles
  • Unique door and instrument panel inserts
  • Polished twin tailpipe
  • Body colour large rear spoiler
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Roof rails
  • Scuff plates front,polished stainless steel with etched ST logo
  • ST upper and lower grille with full body styling kit and front and rear ST badge

  • Adaptive full LED headlapms with dynamic LED headlights, LED turn indicators, glare-free high beam, LED rear tail lamps and LED front fog lights
  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • LED daytime running lamp

  • Dual zone electronic air temperature control

  • Alloy finish pedals
  • Soft console knee pads with red stitching
  • Load through ski hatch
  • 2nd Load floor
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel with red stitching
  • Recaro part leather upholstery
  • Dark headliner
  • Leather heated steering wheel
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Aluminium gear knob

  • Driver assistance pack with Adaptive Cruise Control - Focus

  • MyKey system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front side airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Driver airbag
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts

  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • 6 way power adjustable driver seat
  • Auto fold rear seats
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Front passenger seat manual height and lumbar adjust

  • Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Ford keyfree system with Keyless entry and keyless start/sleep mode key fob

  • 19" 5x2 spoke alloy wheel with magnetite finish

  • Mini steel spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 125
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 140
  • HC: N

  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 52.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.4

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 144000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: ST
  • Coin Description: EcoBlue
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 1
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 137

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: 5x2 SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True

  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Length: 4668
  • Width: 1825
  • Width (including mirrors): 1979

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 575
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1620
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.7
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1585

  • Blind spot information system includes cross traffic alert with active braking: £400

  • CD player: £200

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Exclusive paint: £700
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £800
  • Additional Premium paint: £550
  • Premium paint: £250
  • Openable panorama roof: £995

  • Solid - Race red: £0

  • Premium paint - Frozen white: £250
  • Exclusive paint - Fantastic red: £800
  • Exclusive paint - Magnetic: £700
  • Exclusive paint - Orange fury: £800
  • Premium paint - Agate Black: £550
  • Exclusive paint - Ford performance blue: £800

  • Detachable trailer coupling includes trailer stability assist: £600
  • Trailer Coupling Pre-equipment Electrical-Kit: £250

  • Recaro part leather - Ebony black with metal grey stitching and piping: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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