ST with ex­tra bite

Tasty, lit­er­ally. By Cur­tis Moldrich

CAR (UK) - - Our Cars - @Khur­tizz

That was quick. Just four days af­ter the care­fully sani­tised Fo­cus ST ar­rived, it was on its way back to Ford HQ with an en­gine warn­ing light glow­ing on the dash.

The er­ror had reared its head with­out warn­ing af­ter just a few hun­dred miles. Apart from a slight whiff of brakes af­ter one drive, there was noth­ing un­usual to re­port in the days I had it.

I’d barely be­gun to scratch the sur­face of the warmed-up Fo­cus, hav­ing done most of my few miles on the mo­tor­way. There, the ST was able to show its more civilised side, with the head-up dis­play, adap­tive cruise and blindspot warn­ings mak­ing the jour­ney pos­i­tively pain­less.

On slip roads, how­ever, I got a taste of the Fo­cus ST’s other as­pect – and it’s cer­tainly promis­ing.

Its mix of di­rect steer­ing and min­i­mal-lag, light-switch ac­cel­er­a­tion is some­thing I’m look­ing for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing on more chal­leng­ing roads.

Af­ter a day at the garage, the di­ag­no­sis was in, and it had noth­ing to do with my driv­ing – but it wasn’t a car fault, ei­ther.

‘It looks like some­thing had bit­ten through a ca­ble on the ex­haust sen­sor.’ Weird.

Orange icon never wel­come, but af­ter FOUR DAYS?

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