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NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - FORD FO­CUS ST PRICE: WAR­RANTY: SER­VICE IN­TER­VAL: SAFETY RAT­ING: ENGINE: TRANS­MIS­SION: THIRST: DI­MEN­SIONS: WEIGHT: SPARE:

$38,290

3 years/

100,000km

12 months/15,000km

5 stars 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo, 184kW/360Nm

6-speed man; FWD

7.4L/100km, 95-98 RON, 172g/km CO2

4.6m (L), 1.8m (W), 1.5m (H)

1439kg Space-saver north of idle, the ST pulls cleanly in fourth. Only an ele­phan­tine turn­ing cir­cle com­pro­mises it in town.

In those ever rarer mo­ments of open road en­joy­ment, the fast Fo­cus re­ally shines.

This is the most smartly tuned sus­pen­sion of any hot hatch, rid­ing rougher roads with­out de­nud­ing sport­ing ap­ti­tude. Ex­cep­tional front end grip and ra­zor sharp turn-in make it the front­drive cor­ner-carver par ex­cel­lence. The ex­alted ri­val Re­nault is just that bit more adept but I’d rather live with the Fo­cus.

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