The Ford Focus is known for its excellent ride quality and value for money, but it can also satisfy compact car buyers who crave performance. For 2018, it offers two performance-focused models, one of which is the ST. This hatchback has all the features and capabilities that make the Focus a popular choice, as well as a powerful engine and sport-tuned components for a thrilling driving experience. Here's a look at the latest Focus ST.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Focus ST has several unique styling features that make it distinguishable from the regular Focus. It features a sleek and bold front end with a unique ST mesh grille, angular headlights, and fog lamps with gloss-black bezel. Along the sides, it has body-color door handles, rocker moldings, and power mirrors with turn-signal indicators. A performance-inspired rear spoiler and a special ST center exhaust tip add the finishing touch to its sporty appearance. The car also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED signature lighting with daytime running lamps, rear windshield wipers, and a capless fuel filler.

Engine

The new Focus ST is equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine that produces 252 hp. This engine pairs with a six-speed manual transmission to send power to the front wheels. It rarely lags and builds boost quickly, enabling the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. According to EPA estimates, the ST has fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Performance

The 2018 Focus ST takes the exceptional handling of the Focus to the next level with a sport-tuned suspension, electronic limited-slip differential, and performance brakes. It's a solid all-around performer and an especially great option for those who like flamboyant driving. With its superb stability control and accurate steering, it can handle corners and winding roads with impressive composure. Its powerful brakes enable it to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in 109 feet. With a manageable clutch and shifter, the ST is easy to drive and get used to.

Interior

Compared to the regular Focus, the ST has a markedly different cabin with a thicker leather-wrapped steering wheel, front sport seats, additional instrumentation, and body-color accents. It also offers optional features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, Recaro front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, ambient lighting, and carbon-fiber accents. As for tech features, the car comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, six-speaker audio system, and a 4.2-inch SYNC infotainment system. The basic SYNC system can be upgraded to a SYNC 3 unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety Features

The Ford Focus hatchback earned a five-star rating for overall crash safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Focus ST comes with the same safety features as other Focus trims. It has a rearview camera and front and side-impact airbags as standard equipment, while it also offers options such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, rear parking sensors, and active parking assistance.


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