Ford Focus ST 3 review

Sleek, muscular and pretty – a masterpiece of styling

Aug 2012

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Overall rating

4.5 out of 5 stars


  • Eager, balanced driving experience is fun but stable and confidence-inspiring
  • Noise-enhancing technology maintains much of the old ST's aural charm
  • Relatively broad and deep boot offers good levels of practicality
  • Much-improved build quality is impressive for day-to-day use


  • Rear visibility is impaired by the modest rear windscreen and rising shoulder lines
  • Linear power delivery is usable but not as explosively exciting as before
  • Acceleration stats not as impressive as power figures might suggest
  • Steering wheel is quite large and some may find it awkward