De bijgewerkte Focus ST van Ford verfijnt met een nieuw pakket en meer technologie, terwijl hij dezelfde geweldige rij-sensaties en een redelijk niveau van bruikbaarheid behoudt. Het is stevig in z’n bewegingen, maar dit is wat de Focus ST z’n rauwe karakter weergeeft. Het is nog steeds draaglijk en de nieuwe Ford Performance-stoelen zorgen voor een goede balans tussen comfort en ondersteuning. Deze bijgewerkte ST blijft een geweldige snelle Ford.
Deze snelle Fords vormen de basis van de aantrekkingskracht van Ford op liefhebbers uit de UK en uiteraard ook daarbuiten. Betaalbaar, vaak geweldig om te rijden, praktisch en zelfs efficiënt. De meest recente prestatieproducten van Ford hadden al zoveel te bieden in één pakket, maar nu is er een nieuw pakket.
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New Ford Focus ST 2022 review
This updated Focus ST isn’t all new, but it takes what’s gone before and refines the recipe with more technology, upgrades inside and some styling tweaks on top of the same great driving experience.
The ST now wears its Ford badge on a revised grille, which has large honeycomb mesh fitted between a pair of slimmer dynamic-matrix LED headlights. The car’s intakes lower down are trimmed in matt grey. There are matt grey alloy wheels, too – 18-inch as standard or 19-inch as an option – contrasting with our car’s lurid ‘Mean Green’ paintwork.
Inside, the ST no longer has Recaro sports seats, which were brilliant. Instead, like its smaller Fiesta ST sibling, the Blue Oval has fitted its own 14-way- adjustable Ford Performance sports seats, which feel great and offer lots of support.
There’s also a new 13.2-inch infotainment set-up that has Ford’s SYNC 4 operating system. Like its predecessor’s tech, it works well, but isn’t the flashiest-looking set-up. Yet responses are good and there are lots of features, such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, plus sat-nav, a B&O Premium audio system, wireless phone charging, a rear-view camera, full keyless go and a 12.3-inch digital dash.
Quality is the same as it was in the pre-facelift model, so it’s good but not great; the interior is functional rather than flashy. While the materials are robust and there are some leather-wrapped soft-touch points such as the steering wheel and a few other areas, on the whole material quality is acceptable but not outstanding. Yet it’s a match for rivals such as Volkswagen’s Golf GTI, which should arguably be a more premium product.
Where the ST really excels is how it drives. Mechanically, there’s not much different with this facelift, but the recipe didn’t need changing in this respect. Underneath the bonnet is the same 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that this generation of hot Focus made its debut with. It pumps out 276bhp and a healthy 420Nm of torque on overboost, no doubt thanks to the ST’s extra capacity over 2.0-litre rivals such as the Hyundai i30 N.
- There’s a six-speed automatic option, but it’s the six-speed manual model that we’re testing that you really want, because it adds an extra layer of involvement to the driving experience, with a precise-enough shift and a slick change action that makes going up and down the box enjoyable.
- The manual’s 5.7-second 0-62mph time is more than quick enough, and traction off the line is good, just as it is on the exit of tight corners, the standard-fit limited-slip differential helping to claw the road and propel the ST down the next straight.
- The engine’s soundtrack is mostly a match for the performance, too, with some aggressive pops from the exhaust in either Sport or Track mode.
Further, the chassis feels just as racy, with the test ST’s larger alloy wheels and sports suspension combination meaning the ride is firm, but nicely controlled. Our car’s £800 Ford Performance Pack adds continuously controlled adjustable dampers, and while the ST feels firm and compliant in Normal mode, in the sportier setting body control is even tighter.
The steering is fast and precise but not full of feel, although the front axle is sharp enough to easily keep up. The ST’s adjustability means you can use a little lift of the throttle in corners to tighten the car’s line. And at £34,960, it’s relatively well priced compared with rival models.
Bron | AutoExpress.co.uk