Driving report: Ford Focus ST - Fun with common sense

What GTI for the VW Golf, ST is for the Ford Focus

What GTI for the VW Golf, ST is for the Ford Focus. The sports version is available in two versions - both have something for themselves.

The ST variant of the now about a year built Ford Focus is the preliminary top version and like the predecessor in two ways (er-) mobile: As a fun and rational execution. Both have something for themselves. If you take the driver's seat of the Ford Focus ST, it is not the speedometer that reveals the rational version, but the tachometer. Up to 280 km / h point out the scales of both models and already provide a small indication that it can go properly to the point.

Inside, it is rumäunig

The touring knife of 140 kW / 190 PS strong auto igniter (starting at 31.900 Euro) ends shortly beyond the 5.000er brand, while the exactly thousand euros more expensive, but with 206 kW / 280 PS much stronger gasoline warns only at six and a half thousand rotations from mechanical overspeeding. No wonder Ford averaged 7,9 liters while frugal diesel fueled the same discipline with just 4,8 liters of fuel. But which ones take? In fact, answering this question is not easy and is also a bit related to budgetary considerations and usage profile.

Thanks to a taut chassis and equally powerful and accurate feedback power steering, the ST makes it difficult for most road users to follow the compact athlete

The heart beats for the Otto variant - and quite clear. Because at the gasoline performer from Cologne is quite a lot, and that's not just the fair base price. The engineers are no longer installing the racy five-cylinder engine, but with 2,3 liters displacement they offer more volume than the usual competition. First laps on mountainous French highways prove that the turbo has powerful bite. In second gear full load with some steering angle leads to the fact that the driver should have the steering wheel firmly in spite of standard mechanical cross lock. Only from the third gear on, the bassig sounding four-cylinder converts its power into conclusive traction and presses the passengers into the pronounced Recaro sports seats. Then it goes on short shifters crisp to the sixth.

Who taps the ST button on the steering wheel, gets a speed adjustment

If you tap the ST button on the steering wheel, you will get a speed adjustment - then the electronics just before the downshift on, to prevent a braking torque and thus nods. In addition, one hears the mode when the acoustically so coveted misfires are simulated. Bappboppbopp. Needless or not, emotionally the drive packs anyway. Throw yourself with the ST quietly in the turn, the front-wheel drive forgives wild driving styles and yawns the 1,5-tonner if necessary, by targeted braking intervention from the sticky situation. Thanks to a taut chassis and equally powerful and accurate feedback power steering, the ST makes it difficult for most road users to follow the compact athlete. On the other hand, he is not brutally tough (except in sports or racing mode) and therefore has long-range qualities. Just in passing: After 5,7 seconds is the 100 km / h mark, and the maximum speed is 250 km / h.

What GTI for the VW Golf, ST is for the Ford Focus

It is actually hard to find something bad on the ST. The fact that fuel consumption can be greatly increased by means of a gas pedal is not surprising in view of the result. Even the decision to ban the previously classic displays for boost pressure and oil temperature from the console into the realm of infotainment can not be blamed for the Focus. Classic round scales are still there - in the instrument cluster. And one can confidently enjoy it, because the general trend of digitizing makes the solution used here refreshing - and it is certainly not disadvantageous.

All in all, the ST offers enough infotainment, it can quickly navigate using a sufficiently large and standard touchscreen. There is also a display area between the tachometer scales with multifunctional alignment. In addition to the on-board computer data, it can also show pilot guidance. This goes against 450 Euro extra also by head-up display, however, the Ford projected the relevant data on a not so nice-looking Plexiglas disc instead of the windshield. You have to save somewhere.

Thanks to a taut chassis and equally powerful and accurate feedback power steering, the ST makes it difficult for most road users to follow the compact athlete

Frequent drivers are of course cheaper with the diesel monetarily. And he pushes vigorously: 420 instead Nm still rally 400, although the pull concentrated on low speed level. Without significant Anfahrschwäche puts the two-liter, turns for a diesel in the high 4.000er area willingly and reaches highway speed within less than eight seconds. The muted engine sound is underlined by some electronic tutoring - comes out a slightly snorting sports car touch. You can not, but you do not have to. In the end, the ST Diesel is rather the sovereign motorized all-rounder, which does not overstrain the budget of mileage-consuming company car drivers and teases with optical delicacies such as striking rims and subtle spoilers plus the crisp chassis. The relevant assistants such as autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian and even bicycle detection are also on board - against 500 Euro surcharge, the arsenal of helpers is still expandable to features such as evasive help or wrong-way driver warning function.

The ST-Original is rather the version with gasoline engine. If you want, get both drive versions against 1.200 Euro as a station wagon. Then the athletes become at the same time a real pragmatist with a luggage compartment volume of 1.653 liters when the seats are folded down. More allround capability is barely possible.

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