Ford Focus ST review - Reliability and safety

Safety comes as standard with the Focus ST, and reliability shouldn’t be an issue, either.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Hatch and estate body styles
  • Torquey petrol engine
  • Lots of driver tech
  • More powerful rivals
  • Expensive to buy
  • Firm ride

With the Focus ST arriving on an all new platform, it will take some time to build a full picture of reliability. The engine is an evolution of the unit used in the previous Focus RS model and a lot of other common components will be in use throughout the Focus range, so we’d expect the ST to be pretty dependable.

There’s a raft of safety kit offered as standard, including adaptive cruise control with lane centring assist, traffic sign recognition and a blind spot warning system. An optional head-up display system is also available.

The latest Focus achieved a full five-star rating when tested under more stringent Euro NCAP testing procedures. Adult safety was rated at 85%, child occupant safety was even better at 87%, while the car scored 72% for pedestrian safety. 

In our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, Ford finished 24th out of 30 manufacturers, well behind Volkswagen (19th), Renault (15th) and Honda in 7th place. The brand will be pushing for a much higher finish next time around and will view the new Focus range as crucial to attracting new customers.

Warranty

Ford offers a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty for all Focus models, including the ST. There is the option, at extra cost, of extending this for up to 4 years/80,000 miles, or 5 years/1000,000 miles. The extended warranty is transferable to a new owner if you decide to sell the vehicle, which will potentially increase the resale value.

UK and European roadside assistance is included for 12 months, which can be extended for a further year if you opt to service the vehicle at a participating Ford dealer.

Servicing

For a one-off payment, The Ford Protect Service Plan covers the cost of recommended scheduled services for up to three years, while for those that prefer to spread the cost of servicing, Ford offers the Service Assure Monthly Payment Plan.

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