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Ford Focus ST (2012 to 2018)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

60
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

38
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

72
%
C

Running Costs:

58
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

60
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

38
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

72
%
C

Running Costs:

58
%
B

Summary


The Ford Focus ST has long been the ‘sensible’ performance version of the mass-selling hatchback range, a true ‘hot hatch’ with extra potency but not quite to the outlandish standards of the Focus RS. This is the third-generation version which was available as a hatchback or estate from 2012 until its removal from sale in 2018.

A hot hatch that Car Key‘s Richard Bush said “will happily put a smile on your face just as quick as it will save you money at the pumps”, the Focus ST received positive reviews from the British motoring media during its time on sale, praised for its raw performance and value-for-money, as well as its practicality. The diesel versions were also particularly highlighted for their fuel economy.

“The Ford Focus ST is not the fastest, sharpest-handling, or best-looking hot hatch”, explained Mat Watson when he wrote for Auto Express. “None of that matters, though. For most people, most of the time, it’s the most fun hot hatch currently on sale.”

As of April 2024, the third-generation Ford Focus ST holds a Used Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 60%. It gets good grades for its media reviews and low running costs, but reliability is only average and its safety rating has long since expired.

Focus ST highlights

  • Impressive performance
  • Good value-for-money
  • Petrol and diesel engine options
  • As practical as a regular Focus

Focus ST lowlights

  • Steering lacks feedback
  • Comparatively small boot
  • Some of its rivals were faster

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines:
petrol, diesel
Price when new:
From £22,005 on-road

Launched: Summer 2012
Last updated: Summer 2015
Replacement due: Summer 2018


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Which?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2011
Date expired: January 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 82%
Vulnerable road users: 72%
Safety assist: 71%

Notes on safety rating

The third-generation Ford Focus was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2011 and awarded a five-star rating. This rating also stood for the performance-enchanced Focus ST.

However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Ford Focus to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Ford Focus ST was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production cycle as it pre-dated Green NCAP’s formation.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of April 2024, the Ford Focus is about average for reliability with a score of 60%, according to exclusive data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This covers all Focus models, rather than just this particular Focus ST, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re looking at a used car.

The average repair bill for Ford Focus problems is about £700, which is fairly high for this class of car. Unfortunately, the most common problem on the Focus is also the most expensive – the engine, with an average repair bill of nearly £1,300. Gearbox repairs are also expensive, at an average of about £1,200.

If you’re looking at a used Ford Focus, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all the potential problem areas shown above.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Focus ST has received.

2015

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hot Hatch

2012

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • Top Gear Awards – Best Hot Hatch (estate)

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If you’re looking at the Ford Focus ST, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

Audi RS 3 | BMW M135i | Cupra Leon | Honda Civic Type R | Hyundai i30 N | Mercedes-AMG A 35 | Mini Countryman John Cooper Works | Renault Megane RS | Skoda Octavia vRS | Toyota GR Yaris | Volkswagen Golf GTI


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The third-generation Ford Focus ST wasn't the most agile hot hatch around, but its performance and practicality made it an appealing package.Ford Focus ST (2012 to 2018)