2018 Ford Focus STBase 4dr Hatchback

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10.5

Litres / 100 Kms
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7.8

The only transmission is a short-throw six-speed manual, further emphasizing the Focus ST's high-performance purpose. Handling, meanwhile, is honed by sport-tuned underpinnings that can even facilitate a touch of oversteer for accomplished drivers at a track day.
- Edmunds.com

The Ford Focus ST is a true enthusiast's choice in the Focus lineup - a well-equipped sport hatchback with a distinctive high-performance look that clearly differentiates it from its siblings.

The front-wheel drive, five-door hatchback Focus ST comes in one well-equipped trim. Power is supplied by a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A sport suspension, unique front/rear fascias and grille, 18-inch aluminum wheels with Y-rated performance tires, and a center-mounted dual exhaust with bright tips are among the ST-specific features. Other standard equipment includes: front fog lights, Intelligent Access with push-button start, sporty bucket seats with unique upholstery, air conditioning and a turbo boost gauge, along with smartphone integration and Ford's SYNC communications and entertainment system. Safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability/traction control systems and a rearview camera, as well as seven airbags.

The Ford Focus ST remains essentially unchanged for 2018.

Introduction

The Ford Focus is an extroverted compact car that handles well and can go uptown.It comes as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, in a number of powertrains and trims that broaden the appeal, ranging from economy car to luxury car to muscle car.There's even a Focus Electric model that gets 105 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent).

The 2018 Focus is in its eighth year of this generation.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection and variable valve timing, making 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque.Those stats don't sound big but there's plenty of pep.The transmission is either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that has issues.It gets 31 miles per gallon combined.

There's also a turbocharged three-cylinder with the tiny displacement of 1.0 liters, making 123 horsepower, a lot less than the 2.0 liter, but with the same torque.It's less quick but gets 34 mpg with its 6-speed manual transmission (one more gear than the 2.0 liter because it needs it, to keep the revs up).With the available 6-speed automatic it gets 2 less mpg, which is only 1 mpg more than the 2.0-liter engine with the manual.Any advantage to the three-cylinder engine fades in the Focus, although that's not so in the smaller and lighter Ford Fiesta.

As for high performance, the Focus ST hatchback is at the top of the heap of high-performance compacts, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and 6-speed manual gearbox.It accelerates to 60 miles per hour in just 6.3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.It has been roundly and deservedly praised as a winner and great performance value.

Then there is the breathtaking Focus RS hatchback with its 2.3-liter turbo making 350 horsepower.To handle that power in the curves, it uses torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with driving modes including Track and Drift.

The NHTSA gives the Focus five stars in its crash tests.The IIHS gives it the top Good scores for most of its tests, but only Acceptable in the difficult small-overlap test.

Lineup

The 2017 Ford Focus S ($17,860) is reasonably well equipped, with power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, Bluetooth, AM/FM/CD, adjustable steering wheel with controls, and rearview camera.The torque-vectoring system also comes standard on the front-wheel drive.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

It's a big jump up to the Focus SE hatchback ($20,445), which adds larger 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, fog lamps, and Ford's MyKey system.Options include leather, a power driver seat, rear disc brakes, rear parking sensors, moonroof, navigation, heated seats, satellite radio, and Sony audio.There's also an available Sport package with a touring suspension, 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels, H-rated tires, and paddleshifters for twin-clutch transmission.

Focus SEL hatchback ($21,975) gets 17-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, a moonroof, ambient lighting, rear parking sensors, and the Sync 3 infotainment system.

The Focus Titanium ($24,175 sedan, 24,375 hatch) gets dual-zone climate control, leather, Sony audio, HD and satellite radio, sport suspension, sport seats, and summer performance tires on sport wheels.Options include automatic parking assistance (parks itself, using cameras).

The high-performance Focus ST ($25,075), in addition to its impressive speed upgrades, gets styling kits and 18- or 19-inch wheels.Options include navigation, Recaro seats, and a carbon-fiber accent package.

With the leap in power of the Focus RS, there is a leap in price ($41,120).

Available safety equipment on higher models includes blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assists.There are no available forward-collision or automatic-braking systems.

Walkaround

The Focus looks way better as a five-door hatchback than as a sedan.Even after eight years (although it was restyled for 2015), it's on the far edge of swoop.Its creases and curves complement the wide-mouth grille.The rising window line adds drama, and the huge taillamps nicely frame the corners.

Focus ST and Focus RS are restrained, even with a lower stance, bigger wheels and lower bodywork.However there's nothing restrained about the basket of logos stuck to the sheetmetal.

Interior

The Focus cabin was overstyled when it was new, and now that it's eight years old it feels dated (thanks to Honda Civic's reinvention of compact car interiors).The standard info screen is just 4.2 inches.The vertical vents and pleasant sculpting are complex and original, but the design makes the front feel cramped.And there's a lot of plastic, although the seats and door trim are nicely tailored, especially the satin chrome in the top model Titanium.

The front seats are fairly supportive, even in the S and SE models.The plusher Titanium seats offer good thigh and back support, and a bit more bolstering.The expensive optional Recaro seats in the ST and RS are very snug, and don't work for tall people.

The back seat is skimpy, with slim headroom and legroom.And with small door openings, ingress and egress is awkward.The hatchback is better than the sedan.The release to fold the rear seat can't be reached through the hatch, and the headrests have to be removed to get the seatbacks all the way down.

The optional Sync 3 infotainment system is slicker and much improved over the previous unpopular MyFord Touch system.Sync 3 has a fully capacitive screen with pinching and swiping capability, a streamlined menu structure, smart-charging USB ports, and AppLink capability for on-screen operation of various smartphone apps.But Sync 3 also has issues.Response to the buttons is slow, and we had trouble switching between day and night modes on the touchscreen.

Forward visibility is good for a compact car, but rearward visibility not so good.However a rearview camera is standard, so the problem is hugely alleviated.

The Focus isn't notably silent in the cabin, but neither is it noisy.Typical for a compact, coarse road surfaces transmit some noise.

Driving Impression

The Focus handling is up there with the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf; in fact they're probably the three best handling compact cars.It's agile, with electric steering that is crisp and nicely weighted, although it doesn't offer much road feel.

The ride is impressive, with a sophisticated suspension that's quite firm but not harsh over bumps and doesn't gnash your teeth over big ones.

The base 2.0-liter engine with 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque has adequate acceleration, and the 6-speed dual clutch does a good job of keeping the revs up when you need them, but it doesn't shift smoothly at low speeds.The shift quality of Ford's PowerShift 6-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission is a letdown.So you're left with a 5-speed manual.

We haven't driven the 1.0-liter in the Focus, although we have in the lighter Fiesta.It makes 123 horsepower and an overachieving 148 pound-feet of torque at just 1400 rpm, to provide get-up-and-go from stoplights.It's mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The S and SE models use drum brakes in the rear, while most rivals have four-wheel discs.

The ST, with its 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and 6-speed manual gearbox, is very well engineered and integrated, with sharp and smooth driving dynamics that rival the Mazdaspeed3 or Subaru WRX STI.It uses a quick, variable-ratio steering rack, a suspension lowered by four-tenths of an inch, and rear dampers with widened mounting points.On a fun-to-drive scale of 1 to 10, it's a solid 9.

The Focus RS is highly focused, with its 350 horsepower, extreme for a car this size.It has all the right mechanical and electronic structure behind that engine, including full-time all-wheel drive with dynamic torque vectoring, a beefy 6-speed gearbox, big brakes, tuned exhaust and suspension modes including Track and Drift.As an everyday driver, the ride is stiff and unyielding, it turns radically quick, and the torque steer is a handful to manage when you get on the gas.As a track car, it's a dream.

Summary

The Ford Focus hatchback still looks good after all these years, but the interior is dated.The Focus delivers agile handling and sharp steering, though the automatic transmission isn't always smooth and the Sync 3 infotainment system isn't always easy.The three-cylinder engine doesn't quite carry the Focus's weight, and isn't so great with fuel mileage.The Focus ST is the champ in the competitive pocket-rocket field, enough to prove Ford's engineering capability and carry the image of the whole line.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotSYNC 3
MP3 playerYes
Premium Brand SpeakersSony
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers10
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimCarbon fibre
Door trimCarbon fibre
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/carbon fibre
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Front Head Room993 mm
Front Hip Room1,369 mm
Front Leg Room1,095 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,412 mm
Front track1,555 mm
Overall height1,483 mm
Overall Length4,361 mm
Overall Width1,824 mm
Rear Head Room963 mm
Rear Hip Room1,341 mm
Rear Leg Room848 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,336 mm
Rear track1,534 mm
Wheelbase2,649 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.06
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.30 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power252 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,500 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque367 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack
Rear spoilerWing
Rear spoilerWing
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Fuel Consumption
City10.5 L/100 km
Combined9.3L/100 km
Highway7.8 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
Boost GaugeBoost gauge
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Cornering LightsCornering lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
High Intensity HeadlightsHigh intensity discharge
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFlip forward cushion/seatback
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeFull-size
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassSport
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeShort and long arm
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessSelective service
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsSYNC 3 911 Assist
smart device integrationMirroring
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter18.0"
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile40
Profile40
Speed RatingY
Speed RatingY
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypePerformance
TypePerformance AS
Width235 mm
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place674 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,269 L
Curb weight1,462 kg
EPA interior volume2,568 L
Fuel Capacity47 L
Max cargo capacity1,269 L
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Diameter18
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Width7
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Smart device integration
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
High intensity discharge headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering
Sport suspension

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Focus ST
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard APR
All Cars
N/A N/A 5.99% 5.99% 5.99% N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Focus ST
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard RCL
All Cars
8.19% 8.19% 8.19% N/A N/A N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Residuals
Focus ST
49% 42% 35% 28% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Focus ST
0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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