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Ford Focus ST hatchback (2015-2018) - Interior & comfort

The Ford Focus ST doesn’t ask you to compromise too much on comfort or refinement in the name of performance

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Because it maintains the dimensions of the standard Focus, the Focus ST is just as practical. The suspension is undeniably firmer, but it never feels as harsh as key rivals – such as the Renault Megane Renaultsport or Vauxhall Astra VXR. The ST is also quieter than its main competitors, which makes it much more comfortable and relaxing to drive overall – and excellent for long distances.

Ford Focus ST dashboard

The Ford Focus ST’s dashboard lacks the classy feel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s. Trimmed rectangles form the base of the design, but although it’s by no means bad, it’s not as clearly laid-out as the VW’s and isn’t as pleasing to use as a result.

Plastic quality also falls behind the Golf’s, but not by as much as you’d think. Materials aren’t quite up there with the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series, but then again neither is the price.

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ST models get three additional dials on top of the dashboard, as well as Recaro sports seats, but Ford could have done more to elevate the ST from the cheaper models in the range.

Equipment

All Focus STs come with 18-inch alloy wheels, a racy bodykit, DAB radio, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system with voice control and sat nav, part leather Recaro sports seats, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, dual-zone climate control and sports suspension. Ford’s MyKey is also fitted, which can limit the car’s speed and audio volume – ideal for parents loaning their car to an inexperienced driver.

For around £1,500 extra, you can upgrade to the ST2 model, which has automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, part-leather Recaro seats and dual-zone climate control.

Spend another £2,000 and you can have the ST-3, which adds powerful bi-xenon headlights, a full leather interior and electrically adjustable and heated front seats. An eight-inch colour touchscreen is also standard, along with Ford’s latest Sync 2 infotainment system. The graphics are clear and bright, while the voice-recognition system is much easier to use than any other system on the market.

Options

Options for the ST are extremely competitively priced, such as a sunroof for £575 and a reversing camera for £250. At just £450, the Driver Assistance pack is another worthwhile addition. It bundles together Active City Stop, lane departure warning, a lane keeping aid, traffic sign recognition, a driver alert and automatic dipping high beam headlights.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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