Used Ford Focus ST (2006 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2013
4.5
If you want a hot hatch with character then there are few cars to rival the Focus ST. Ford has a great heritage in making affordable, fun to drive and fast small cars and it shows.
Ford Focus ST (06-10)
Superb handling, powerful and characterful engine, hugely enjoyable to drive, well priced
Thirsty engine, poor turning circle

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

If you want a hot hatch with character then there are few cars to rival the Focus ST. Ford has a great heritage in making affordable, fun to drive and fast small cars and it shows. Turn the key and the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine rumbles into life with a deep growl - while a quick blip of the throttle is accompanied by a satisfying burble from the twin exhausts.

Acceleration is effortless and feels never-ending but there's more to the Focus ST than just the excellent engine. It has superbly weighted and responsive steering, a perfectly balanced chassis and strong brakes which makes it enjoyable and rewarding to drive on twisting roads. It's comfortable too with a compliant ride, while around the town the ST is as easy to drive as any other Focus.

A mid-life facelift in May 2008 gave the Ford a sharper nose and improved interior quality but one thing remains unchanged - it's still great value, especially when compared to rival hot hatches.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 5 seats, 60/40 fold down rear seats and a good size boot. A family car.  

5 out of 5

Kevin Bond ,   07 Jun 2015    ... read more

 The tinted rear windows are very handy for hiding my dj equipment.  

4 out of 5

Richard Annal ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Big car inside and massive boot for a hot hatch. Got loads of extras too just to make it more practical.  

5 out of 5

Carl Jackson ,   21 Mar 2014    ... read more

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