- 1 What’s New In Ford Focus ST 2020
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Focus ST Have To Offer?
- 3 Powertrain Specs: Acceleration, Power Output, And Engines
- 4 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 5 What Else Is New?
- 6 Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
- 7 Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
- 8 The Competition: Watch Out, Focus ST!
- 9 The Verdict
What’s New In Ford Focus ST 2020
- A Significant Performance Boost
- Handling And Steering Have Been Fine-Tuned
- A Lower Suspension And Better Brakes
- Goes From Zero To 60MPH In 6 Seconds
- A Choice Between Manual And Auto Transmissions
- Several Engines To Pick From
- Amazing Ride Quality For A Hatchback
- The Diesel Engine Isn’t Very Impressive
- Not As Superior Over The Rivals As Before
- Fuel Economy Is Average
- Hyundai i30 N
- Honda Civic Type R
- Volkswagen Golf GTI
- Peugeot 308 GTI 270
|Starting Price: 28K USD||Number Of Seats: 5||Powertrain: 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque||Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive|
|Fuel Economy Estimates: 28 miles per gallon hwy/20 city||Configurations: classic hatchback, wagon||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 6-speed manual/7-speed automatic|
Overall Rating: 8/10
Ride Quality: 8/10
Value For Money: 7.5/10
A Quick Review – What Does Focus ST Have To Offer?
Ford’s policy with Focus, Fusion, and Taurus isn’t very clear. At first, the experts claimed that these cars would be discontinued by 2020. Then, rumors surfaces claiming only US production will be ceased, while folks in Europe will still get to enjoy all three models. Right now, we don’t have any official info. Regardless, In February 2019, the company revealed Ford Focus ST 2020, a hot-headed hatchback with an even stronger powertrain than ever before.
Yes, the boost in performance is its biggest appeal, but that’s not the only reason to look out for it. The engineers have been busy, working on new developments and fine-tuning pretty much every single aspect. The list includes suspension, brakes, ride quality, and other driving characteristics. Let us take a quick look at the available engines to see what we’re dealing with.
Powertrain Specs: Acceleration, Power Output, And Engines
The entry-level 2.3-lit turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder was “borrowed” from the friendly Focus RS. It lost some weight along the way, but it’s still capable of 206kW and 420Nm. Compared to the 2.0-lit engine from the 2019 edition, this is a significant output boost. With this powertrain, the car is expected to jump from zero to 60mph in less than 6 seconds, which is an above-average result for the segment.
There’s also a diesel option, but it’s actually a bit disappointing.
With an output of 147kW and 400Nm, the diesel engine is not even on par with the EcoBoost. Plus, the drivers will get to pick between two entirely different transmissions. The first one is a 6-speed manual, while the second is a 7-speed automatic. This gives Ford Focus ST 2020 a lot of flexibility and deserves a round of applause.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
The short answer – it feels great! All the previous Focus ST models have always been at the very top in this regard. Plus, in the upcoming edition, the Ford team will be introducing several up-to-date additions to further improve the hatchback. Adaptive dampers, known as CCD (that stands for Continuously Controlled Damping), along with an eLSD right between the front wheels are the pride and joy of their creators.
Leo Roeks, Ford Performance European Director: Intelligent technologies like eLSD and CCD make our all-new Focus ST the most ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ yet, able to switch from refined tourer to focussed performance car at the push of a button. We’ve incorporated learnings from programmes including our Ford GT supercar and the acclaimed Focus RS to develop a mid-size performance car with a degree of flexibility that’s unique in its segment.
To put it simply, this compact car will be quite flexible and versatile. It will give the drivers the ability to switch between performance patterns with one single push of a button. For example, in the Track and Sport modes, the brand-new anti-lag system (it was supposed to make a debut in the Ford GT) will keep the throttle open during lift-off. What does that mean in real life? When switching gears, you won’t feel like the car needs a second or two to “revive itself.”
What Else Is New?
Entry-level tires on Ford Focus ST 2020 will be a set of Pilot Sport 4S from Michelin. According to Ford’s officials, they were exclusively made for the upcoming ST. The tires boast a market-leading grip in the Launch Control mode (you’ll need to purchase the Performance package for that). Braking will also be better than in the previous model. Both front and rear discs are much bigger, and there are dual clippers for the front.
On the outside, the car also looks different. I’m not saying the exterior will introduce dramatic changes, but the aerodynamics elements were revised quite nicely. There’s a cool back roof spoiler (which provides more downforce), and the front grilles were fine-tuned to cool down the mighty powertrain even better than before.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
In the cabin, everything looks and feels almost the same, with some subtle changes here and there. You can choose among cloth, leather, and a fancy mix of leather and MD (some kind of microfiber for style and coziness). If you’ve been inside of a Focus ST before, then you’ll immediately recognize the design elements that make it ten times cooler than the regular Focus models.
Along with that, we’ll get to enjoy the “classic Ford” set of features, including Sync 3, an 8-inch touchscreen, surround-sound for the audio system, Smartphone compatibility, and more. Comfort level, roominess, and material quality have always been one of this model’s strongest suits, even though its main appeal is the impressive powertrain.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but rumor has it that Ford Focus ST 2020 will be available in two trims on the European market. ST-2 will be the entry-level trim, while ST-3 will come with premium-level upholstery, advanced techy features, and more. As for the color choice, Ford has only two to offer: Blue and Orange. These colors have been a part of ST for years, and in my opinion, the car looks dashing in orange.
Both trims will come packed with top-class Recaro seats: they are highly comfortable and will keep the owner happy for hours of driving.
The bottom line is – there are enough new developments in Ford Focus ST 2020 to make the fierce hatchback fans count the days until the arrival.
The Competition: Watch Out, Focus ST!
Let’s have a quick look at the closest rivals. Honda Civic Type R feels incredibly balanced on the road, and it is fun to drive. The chassis is exceptional, and you’ll always feel 100% in control of the car. However, the price-tag of 35K will definitely scare away many potential buyers. Golf GIT doesn’t even need an introduction. This is an OG in this segment, a tried-and-true pick that you’ll never go wrong with.
This model doesn’t have any weak spots and is unbelievably quick on the road. If I was to pick a well-balanced hot-hatch, my money would be on this car. The 2019 edition rocks an 180kW/370Nm powertrain, which can’t compete with ST’s mighty output. Hyundai’s i30 N is very fast, nimble, and reasonably-priced. Peugeot 308 GTI 270, in turn, is lightweight, faster than the competition, and boasts industry-leading braking and steering.
Summing up, it’s clear that Ford is going all in with the brand-new Focus ST. The rivals are stronger than ever, and in order to win over the market, Ford Focus ST 2020 will have to pull out a miracle from that magic hat. Judging by all the info that we have at the moment, I’m guessing the Blue Ovals are playing their cards just right. All we have to do at the moment – wait and see what happens in early 2020.
According to statistics, performance-oriented hatchbacks are just as popular these days as ever. As we just discussed, Civic is a legendary brand, and Honda is ready to rumble with the upcoming Type R. Volkswagen, in turn, the biggest German manufacturer has already proved that the GTI version of its ever-popular Golf is here to stay. Finally, i30 N and 380 GTI 270 (by Hyundai and Peugeot respectively) are just as capable.
And what about the price-tag, you might ask? How much will the Ford Focus ST 2020 hatch cost? Official prices haven’t been revealed yet, but it’s safe to presume that Ford won’t make any sudden moves in this regard.
The entry-level Focus ST 2019 costs 28K USD and I bet the company will stick to that same price for next year.