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Ford Focus ST hatchback - Practicality & boot space

The Ford Focus ST is easy to live with and has plenty of interior space

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Just like all our favourite hot hatches, the Focus ST is just as practical as the regular model on which it's based. Unlike older models, this new model will only be sold as a five-door, so you can pick up friends and family without having to make them climb into the back seats. There’s also an estate version, which we’ve reviewed separately.

Ford Focus ST interior space & storage

Unlike some of the bucket seats fitted in more hardcore hot hatches, the sports front seats in the Focus ST don't affect rear knee room for passengers too much. In fact, Ford says knee room is class-leading, and that the ST has generous shoulder room.

Boot space

Measuring 375 litres - the same as the non-ST - the boot should be big enough for most owners, and it's roughly on a par with the Golf GTD. If you need more space, the Skoda Octavia vRS boasts a massive boot, while the 420 litres on offer in the hardcore Civic Type R might also come as a surprise. Or, you could choose the Ford Focus ST Estate, with a 600-litre boot.

Towing

While some may miss the trademark centre-exit exhaust of the old ST, Ford has switched to twin exhaust pipes at either side of the bumper to make it possible to tow trailers with the ST. Petrolhead caravanners should be delighted, especially with decent maximum towing capacities of 1,600kg for the petrol and 1,800kg if they can find a low-mileage diesel. A towbar costs £600.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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