Ford Focus ST review - Interior, design and technology

It’s packed with standard kit, so you’ll want for nothing if you opt for the Focus ST

Like the rest of the Focus range, the Focus ST is based on Ford’s new C2 platform, which has allowed the wheelbase to be extended by 53mm over the previous model and created more interior space. The exterior design incorporates more flowing lines from front to back and, compared to the last car, there’s definitely a sportier, sleeker profile to admire.

Ford no longer offers the 2 and 3 trim levels, instead there is just the standard ST specification. To ensure it stands out from the rest of the range, particularly from the smart ST-Line versions, the top-of-the-range hatch comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a redesigned grille and bumper design, a rear spoiler and two exhaust tailpipes. However, the overall effect is still relatively subtle when compared to the more outlandish and wild styling of the Civic Type R.

Inside, there’s plenty of up-to-date, stylish touches with heated Recaro sports seats, aluminium-style trim, alloy-finish pedals, a heated flat-bottomed steering wheel and two USB ports.

A problem with the cabin of the previous ST was an interior strewn with buttons and an awkward infotainment system. The new model includes an 8-inch colour touchscreen, which enables you to navigate through most of the car’s functions, although there are still buttons for the audio and dual-zone climate control.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Ford has ensured the Focus ST is suitably well-equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, navigation, a DAB radio, Bluetooth plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity included as standard. There’s also an upgraded B&O audio system with 10 speakers and a 4.2-inch TFT screen in the instrument display which shows key information to the driver while on the move.

Another piece of standard kit, for the more tech-savvy customer, is the FordPass Connect modem system. This is an app that buyers can download onto their smartphones, enabling them to connect their vehicle to the internet and provide functions such as Live Traffic information and in-car Wi-Fi.

Most Popular

15 Tesla Supercharger sites open to non-Tesla vehicles in the UK
Tesla Supercharger
Tesla

15 Tesla Supercharger sites open to non-Tesla vehicles in the UK

Pilot scheme to open up Tesla-only charging network to all electric cars lands at selected UK locations
18 May 2022
Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger
Shell charger
News

Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger

New Shell and ABB-developed Terra 360 EV charger can add 62 miles of range in less than three minutes
16 May 2022
New 2022 BMW 3 Series facelift revealed with updated look inside and out
BMW 3 Series - front
BMW 3 Series

New 2022 BMW 3 Series facelift revealed with updated look inside and out

The BMW 3 Series' mid-life update features a revised design and improved technology, but we’ll have to wait until the next generation for a full EV
18 May 2022