2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback

#4
in Midsize hatchbacks
2018 MODEL

$25,075

7.7

Overall Rating

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Overview

Launched with a sticker price of $25,170, the 2018 Ford Focus ST is truly a performance hatchback. The presence of a center exhaust and rear spoiler makes the Focus ST a visual treat. Even after being the least expensive in its class, the car gives a tough competition to its rivals.

The car comes mated to a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 GTDI engine which is capable of churning out 252 hp. This mighty engine shoots the car to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. The Focus ST doesn't offer the option of automatic transmission and the car is equipped with a unique Six-speed manual gearbox.

The 2018 Ford Focus ST is available only in FWD. The car has one of the best-looking interiors in its segment. Be it the Recaro leather-trimmed seats or the ST badge on the gear-lever, the designers paid attention to even the smallest of the details. Chilly days won't be a problem, thanks to the heated front seats and steering wheel.

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Pros

Superior handling and communicative steering

Silent interior

Comfortable seating

Convenient infotainment system

Cons

Cramped backseats

Automatic transmission not available

Only available in RWD

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25075

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

252 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.7 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

171.7 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3223 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

23.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

372 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Triple Yellow Tri-Coat color  2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Oxford White color  2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Magnetic Metallic color  2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback in Blue Metallic color
Triple Yellow Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

5.7

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.6

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Ford Focus ST Hatchback 4dr Hatchback

4dr Hatchback

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$25,075

Configurations
4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (22/25/30)
Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 16, 2018

7.7

Overall Rating


8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 Ford Focus ST comes mated to a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 GTDI engine which is capable of churning out 252 hp. This mighty engine shoots the car to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. The Focus ST doesn’t offer the option of automatic transmission and the car is equipped with a unique Six-speed manual gearbox.

Features

8.0/10

The car has a sporty engine which will appeal to those performance lovers who are limited by a budget. The hatchback is powered by a 2.0L GTDI engine which produces 252hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The car’s infotainment system is equipped with Sync technology which makes connectivity to other devices easier and convenient.

The ST offers 3 packages to choose from, viz. ST1, ST2, and ST3. While the ST1 is standard, more features get added as you move up. For instance, the ST3 package includes SYNC 3 technology, 8-way power adjustable seats and heated side view mirrors.

Trims Focus ST
MSRP $25,170
Features
  • 2.0L GTDI Engine
  • 6-speed Manual Transmission
  • Unique ST Sport Suspension
  • Unique ST Logo Cloth Sport seats

Engine

8.0/10

"An all-around solid performer. Quick acceleration paired with genuinely capable handling and rewarding steering. It's getting on in age, but it's still an excellent choice in a small segment."- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Ford carries a performance packed engine at a relatively low cost when compared to the rivals. The 4-cylinder 2.0 L engine is economical and yet powerful enough (252hp) to deliver an ostentatious driving experience. The standard drivetrain is FWD and transmission is 6-speed manual. The company doesn’t give an option of automatic transmission or AWD.

Many would like the sound of revving up the Ford Focus ST. When it comes to performance, the car has a powerful acceleration. There’s not much difference in acceleration compared to competitors with the only exception being Honda Civic Type R which takes 1.2 seconds less than the ST to reach the 60-mph mark.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
MSRP $25,170 $26,415 $31,800 $34,100
Engine 2.0L GTDI 2.0L Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0L, 4-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed Manual 6-speed Manual 6-speed Manual 6-speed manual
Power 252 hp 220 hp 228 hp 306 hp
Torque 270 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 236 lb-ft 295 lb-ft

Acceleration

The Ford Focus ST accelerates well, taking just 14.5 seconds to reach the quarter-mile finish line.  The rivals take nearly the same time. The winner of the quarter-mile drag race, Honda Civic Type R is just a second quicker than the ST. The speedometer needle of the Focus ST goes from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Honda Civic Type R is the only car to beat the Focus ST by a good margin, taking just 4.9 seconds to reach the 60-mph mark.

Models Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
0-60 MPH 6.1 sec 5.9 sec 6.1 sec 4.9 sec
Quarter mile 14.5 sec 14.6 sec 14.3 sec 13.5
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.1 6.3 6.8 7.1

Ride and Handling

This car caters to the needs of all kind of drivers. Be it comfort filled cruising or a fast-sporty ride filled with sharp turns and drifting, the car always feels in control. The car owes its marvelous handling to its responsive sporty steering and the high performance fine-tuned suspension system which makes the car feel light and responsive.

Maneuvering and making tight turns feels confident as the car comes equipped with Advance Trac electronic stability control. The car has outstanding body control even when it’s driven at high speeds over bumpy and uneven roads. The presence of rear and chin spoilers makes cutting through unfavorable air easier.

Braking

The 4-wheel disc braking system feels punchy and is hard enough to stop the car from 60 mph in mere 108 ft. This distance is impressive considering the fact that the Focus ST weighs the second heaviest (3223 lbs) in the lot. However, Honda Civic type R has superior braking than the ST, taking only 99 ft to come to a halt from 60 mph.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
Brake Front(in) 12.6 13.4 11.6 13.8
Brake Rear(in) 10.7 12.2 10.2 12.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3223 3031 2845 3117
60-0 MPH (ft.) 108 100 110 99

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Ford is known for making economical cars and the 2018 Focus ST is no different. The EPA rated it at 22 mpg in city, 30 mpg on highway and 25 mpg combined. The fuel economy of the Focus ST gives a tough competition to its rivals. Its German rival, the Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) has a clear edge over all the other cars with an EPA rating of 25/33/28 mpg.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
MPG (city) 22 25 23 22
MPG (highway) 30 33 32 28
MPG (combine) 25 28 26 25

Interior

5.7/10

The interior of the 2018 Ford Focus is fitting for this price point, with comfortable front seats and a clean design. From the layout of the knobs, to the infotainment interface, the Focus is user-friendly. Cars.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the car feels opulent thanks to the Recaro leather seats and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The car is equipped with a user-friendly, high tech infotainment system loaded with a plethora of features for connectivity and navigation. The well-insulated cabin is reasonably quiet.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JC Honda Civic Type R
Passenger capacity 5 5 4 4
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 90.7 93.5 102.6 97.0

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/55.6/41.9 38.4/55.9/41.2 40.3/50.6/41.4 39.3/56.9/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.9/52.6/33.4 38.1/53.9/35.6 36.9/47.8/30.8 37.4/55.0/35.9

The car seats five and the seats are lavish and are well padded with good support, so, driving feels comfortable. There are ample legroom and headroom. To add to the comfort, the company has equipped the car with heated front seats and steering wheel. The front row is spacious, so, getting in and out of the car won’t be an issue but the rear seats may feel a bit congested.

Infotainment System

The car has a simple and easy-to-use infotainment system and it’s loaded with a lot of high tech features like rearview camera and voice control. The system offers a plethora of modern connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and USB port.

The standard infotainment system of the car comes with SYNC technology and has a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and a 4.2-inch display but if you opt for the ST2 or the ST3 packages you’ll get the smart SYNC 3 technology which has an eight-inch display, a 10-speaker audio system and additional features like satellite radio and voice-controlled navigation.

Interior Features

  • AM/FM
  • Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • Voice-activated touchscreen navigation
  • LCD capacitive touchscreen

Cargo Capacity

The car’s trunk is highly spacious with a boot volume of 23.8 ft cube and if you fold the rear seats you get a really nice amount (44.8 ft cube) of space. The Focus ST is surpassed only by the Honda Civic Type R which has a cargo volume of 25.7 ft cube. When the rear seats are folded the Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) takes the lead with a phenomenal 53.7 ft cube of boot space.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
Volume with rear seat up(ft. cube) 23.8 17.4 8.7 25.7
Volume with rear seat down(ft. cube) 44.8 53.7 38.0 46.2

Exterior

8.0/10

 "The Focus hatchback is a runway model, with European style and unique taillights that accentuate the width of its rear view. The hot ST model, also a hatchback, wear aerodynamic enhancements that announce their intentions but don’t break out the bullhorn. It looks racy but not ridiculous"- Kelley Blue Book 

Dimension and Weight

The Focus ST is a hip looking sports hatchback. The beautiful honeycomb grille, the chin and rear spoilers and the stylish center exhaust would remind you of the sports cars you’ve seen in video games. Everything from the iconic LED lights to the curvy aerodynamic lines of the car screams beauty. The car features 18-inch aluminum wheels. The availability of exotic color options is just icing on the cake.

The Focus ST is the second longest car in its class standing at 171.7 inches. Among its rivals, the car has the largest ground clearance (5.7 inches) making sure you don’t get stuck on small bumps when treading through an uneven terrain.

Model Ford Focus ST Volkswagen Golf GTI (S) Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Honda Civic Type R
Curb weight(lbs) 3223 3031 2845 3117
Length(in) 171.7 168.0 152.5 179.4
Width(in) 71.7 70.8 68 73.9
Height(in) 58.4 57.8 55.7 56.5
Ground clearance(in) 5.7 5.0 5.6 5.1
Wheelbase(in) 104.3 103.6 98.2 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 61.2/60.4 60.6/59.7 58.5/58.5 63/62.7

Exterior features

  • Automatic quad-beam halogen headlamps
  • Rear window defroster
  • Performance inspired rear spoilers
  • Hill start assist
  • Heated mirrors (optional)
  • HID headlights (optional)
  • Rear windshield wipers

Safety

8.6/10

The 2018 Ford Focus ST isn’t just all show and no strength. It has earned the status of a safe and secure car by getting 5 stars in almost all the tests conducted by NHSTA. IIHS hasn’t completed its testing yet. The only available information is that the latch has been labeled acceptable. The car has a basic warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles and a drivetrain warranty and roadside assistance coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles.

NHTSA Rating

Overall Rating 5 star
Overall Frontal Crash Rating 5 star
Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side 5 star
Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side 4 star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat 5 star
Side Barrier 5 star
Side barrier Driver 5 star
Side barrier Rear Passenger 5 star
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 5 star
Rollover Rating 4 star

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side N/A
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front N/A
Side N/A
Roof strength N/A
Head restraints & seats N/A
Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention N/A
Headlights N/A
LATCH Acceptable

Safety Features

The car has an abundance of safety features. The car is equipped with basic safety features like airbags and child safety door locks. Other features include content-theft deterrent alarm system, seatbelt pre-tensioners, 911 assist, panic alarm and optional cornering lights and directionally adaptive headlights.

  • Dual-Stage front airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Safety Canopy System (First- and Second-Row Side-Curtain Airbags)
  • Belt-Minder- front safety belt reminder
  • Child-Safety Rear Door Locks
  • LATCH, Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Child - Two
  • AdvanceTrac with ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Personal Safety System
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Three-point safety belts at all seating positions
  • Height-adjustable front safety belts

Competition

Ford Focus ST Vs Volkswagen Golf GTI (S)

The 2018 Ford Focus ST has an edge over the Golf GTI (S) when it comes to aesthetics and interiors. The Volkswagen has an inferior engine (220 hp and 258 lb-ft). However, the Golf has slightly better acceleration and braking. But considering the fact that the Focus ST is a little cheaper and more appealing to the eye, we would recommend going with the Ford Focus ST.

Ford Focus ST Vs Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW

The acceleration and braking figures of the Hardtop are almost similar to the Focus ST but the engine of the former is less powerful (228 hp). The biggest disappointment of the Hardtop 2 Door JCW is the tiny boot space of 8.7 ft cube which the Focus ST dwarfs easily. Further, the hardtop costs $6630 more than the Focus ST. So, it’s a no-brainer that Focus ST is the right option.

Ford Focus ST Vs Honda Civic Type R

Aesthetically, Honda gives a tough fight to the Focus ST but when it comes to power and performance, the Civic leaves the Focus ST far behind. Even after running on a more powerful engine, there is almost no difference in the fuel economy of both these cars. The only drawback of the Civic Type R is that it’s $8930 costlier than the Focus ST. So, if you can afford to shed more money for better performance, Honda Civic Type R is the best car in this segment.

Final Verdict

The four-door hatchback is totally a value-for-money ride. It’s the cheapest in its segment and still gives a tight competition in terms of performance and handling. It’s loaded with advanced features which when combined with the athletic handling, sporty exteriors and power packed engine makes it literally one of the best car you can buy at this price. The car hasn’t gone through any changes since last year, so, upgrading is totally unnecessary. We’d recommend you to go with the ST2 or the ST3 package which comes with the convenient and advanced SYNC 3 technology and many other additional features.

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