Ford Focus ST hatchback - Interior & comfort

Quality and technology have both taken a big step up in the Focus ST

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Earlier Focus ST models came under fire for having a high-set driving position but an excellent set of Recaro sports seats give a great driving position in the latest ST.

Most of the interior is familiar from across the Focus range, but that's no bad thing because even the standard model is well trimmed and sophisticated in its latest outing. It mightn't topple the Golf or BMW for quality, but it does enough to put a nose ahead of the i30N and soon-to-be-replaced SEAT Leon Cupra.

Ford Focus ST dashboard

Hot hatch owners have come to expect certain features, and they're present and correct here in the form of unique graphics for the instruments, sporty carbon-fibre look trim inserts and - most importantly - a chunky, flat-bottomed steering wheel sporting the 'ST' logo. You'll also find metal pedals, scuff plates and a new gearstick with red markings to complete the look.

Equipment

Owners of previous Focus STs probably won't quite believe how much kit there is in the latest model. For starters, the eight-inch dash-top display comes loaded with Ford's excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system but also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity if you prefer. Then there are adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel and seats, keyless entry and a rear-view camera - features you'd be more likely to find in a luxury car than a Ford hot hatch not so long ago.

Options

The main decision facing petrol buyers will be whether to fit the Performance Pack. This adds go-faster features like the limited-slip differential, Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a gear shift indicator light and rev-matching technology when you change down in the manual. Owners can switch off the latter if they prefer.

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