RISKSA Magazine - - Lifestyle -

When the first Fo­cus came out its styling set a trend for all hatch­backs. Par­tic­u­larly the rear lights mounted on the pil­lars of the car and the di­a­mond-shaped head­lights, both of which be­came com­mon on the roads amongst the Ford’s coun­ter­parts. The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus of­fered much of the same, ex­cept it was more ag­gres­sive, more an­gu­lar and mus­cu­lar. The new Fo­cus con­tin­ues in the vein of its pre­de­ces­sor. You know what you are get­ting when you see it: some­thing of a hooli­gan. It is not pretty, and per­haps it might not age as well as the first-gen­er­a­tion model, but it is cer­tainly a hot hatch to ri­val the, ad­mit­tedly, more re­fined Golf GTI. There are two trim lev­els avail­able. While there is no dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance, the higher spec ST3 is R44 000 more ex­pen­sive than the stan­dard ST1 op­tion, but for that money you get very com­fort­able: body-hug­ging leather Re­caro seats, cli­mate con­trol, bi-xenon head­lights as well as day-time run­ning lights, and key­less en­try.


We had a blast in the ST. Much like the Eco-Sport cross­over we drove re­cently, the ST man­ages to keep us en­ter­tained from the set off. Ow­ing to its en­er­getic mid range and su­perb lev­els of ad­he­sion on the tar­mac, it is eas­ier to drive and more fun than some of the three-quar­ter of a mil­lion sport coupes dur­ing the daily com­mute. And with the five-door con­fig­u­ra­tion and 184kW 360Nm 6.5 sec­onds


smaller en­gine, it is more prac­ti­cal too. The Fo­cus ST is a great car of ex­cep­tional value. The bang for your buck is about as loud as the Tan­ger­ine Scream it­self.

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