Ford Focus ST hatchback - Practicality & boot space
The Ford Focus ST is easy to live with and has plenty of interior space
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 Recaro sports front seats in the Focus ST don't affect rear kneeroom for passengers too much. In fact, Ford says kneeroom is class-leading, and that the ST has generous shoulder room.
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.
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.