Ford Focus ST 2.5 (2006) Reviews

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Read and write reviews of the all new Ford Focus ST 2.5. This latest addition to the Focus family is all about performance as the 2.5 litre engine will certainly testify! Have Ford created the best hot hatch on the market? How does it stack up against its competitors? (especially the Vauxhall Astra VXR) - Let us know your opinion in this specially created forum.
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★★★★★

“I love this car...”

Written on: 06/01/2013 by sararickt2 (1 review written)

Modern cars don't have handbrakes... (oh no !!) they also don't have ... whatever.. I love my Ford focus for its hadbrake turns in a snowy carpark, twitchy acceleration out of the hairpins down the hill(I live in Switzerlane)... basically I know I am driving it... and I can afford a rather posher car. By the way, make sure you don't wear the tyres out, it can be scary when they don't grip on a downhill hairpin with a drop off.... … Read Full Review

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“I've only had my Focus ST-2 (ORANGE) for two weeks now...”

Written on: 30/03/2011 by fitmangym (2 reviews written)

I've only had my Focus ST-2 (ORANGE) for two weeks now but I'm f*****g loving it, the sound it makes when you plant your foot down is music to my ears & when its time to turn the motor off its sounds like a jet engine winding down it makes me smile ear to ear. know matter where you go people come up to LQQK talk or just say I want one of then too. A must have for any petrol head… Read Full Review

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“Can i start by saying this car is the best all round...”

Written on: 11/01/2011 by chazclark (10 reviews written)

Can i start by saying this car is the best all round hot hatch out there at the moment, yes the vxr is minutely quicker but get it on an even slightly damp road or a corner and the vxr is buggered.

Also as i have done if you cant bear prats in vxrs trying to race you, fords official tuners MOUNTUNE will give you a package for around 1500 quid which is basically a remap and some upgraded engine bits.They told me it tunes the car to around 270 bhp and would have the same 0- 120mph time as the… Read Full Review

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“I am tired of hearing reviews (not here) that this car...”

Written on: 18/05/2010

I am tired of hearing reviews (not here) that this car is "too thirsty", that the MPG is terrible and that the road tax is expensive. ITS A 2.5 ltr, TURBO CHARGED % POT ENGINE!! Its hardly suprising no. Ford make a diesels buy one of them.

Te Focus ST is just incredible. Its (very) fast, its reliable & never misses a beat, its comfortable, its predictable, its safe, its easy to drive and as practical as... well a Focus.

The engine is massively impressive, the power is totally accessable… Read Full Review

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“This car is simply outstanding and on every level. I...”

Written on: 07/12/2009

This car is simply outstanding and on every level. I bought mine, an 07, second hand with 16,500 miles on the clock, 3 years extended ford warranty and 6 months tax from a ford dealer direct for 12,900! The volvo engine sounds sensational from the whizz of the turbo to the bellow from the pipes, the acceleration surges at any rev, its comfortable and will put an ear to ear smile on your face every time you get in it. This is not to mention you can fit a family in it too. For those that moan… Read Full Review

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“I'm 18 and had my focus st for about a month I live in...”

Written on: 20/06/2009

I'm 18 and had my focus st for about a month I live in germany and imported it frm england wat with the tax free prices out here and the military discount I managed to get a focus st3 for the price of 17 grand and wid the insurance of 180 euros a month I say u cudnt really go wrong I think the car look and handles great i read reviews before I brought it and most people complained about the seating position but I no problem with it deffinatly a sweet forst car for the youngsters who can afford… Read Full Review

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“Review based on a Ford Focus ST 2.5 car with a Re-map...”

Written on: 15/05/2009 by e300vkb (2 reviews written)

Review based on a Ford Focus ST 2.5 car with a Re-map and aftermarket exhaust:

A fantastic allround car. It does almost everything you need of a hatchback and a bit more.
Very easy to drive quick and the electronics keep this heavy, powerful car in a straighline whatever the conditions and doesn't kill the fun or momentum... except on corner exits where the lack of an LSD is noticed in a big way as the ASR brings play to a literal stop. You dont need 4wd to deploy this much power, just a less… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“took a silver ST2 out to day, opend it right out going...”

Written on: 18/02/2009

took a silver ST2 out to day, opend it right out going through the gears, very fast, smooth and fun in every way posible....... it was fun in every way, very,very fast, i was sucked into my seat, griped the road with ease, loved the sound of the engine roar and it turned peoples head, over all im buying it asap......i found no bad points, apart from couldnt see end of bonnet wen driving, which wasnt an isue for me rteally… Read Full Review

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“Don't know what that guy dowm there is on about the...”

Written on: 19/01/2009

Don't know what that guy dowm there is on about the cupra is nothing compared to the ST, have had both and the ST is faster than the cupra for sure, NO cupra that I have come across has been able to beat the Focus ST, I like the cupra don't get me wrong but it's not as good as the Focus.

The Focus is fast, reliable, fun and an allround good car:- It's not for everyone but what car is?!… Read Full Review

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“I've had my gunmetal gray st-2 for 4 weeks now I find...”

Written on: 31/12/2008 by leemcwatt (1 review written)

I've had my gunmetal gray st-2 for 4 weeks now I find it fun to drive. it does my head in when im at work and the car is in the car park. its very fact and comfatable to drive. I get alot of looks and a lot of my friends are jelous and some are after a st from been in mine. They is power in every gear abd the car doesnt want to slow down. Its deffently a point catcher! if you want the looks and want the syle this is the car to get. I looked at the Astra vxr befor but the focus for looks and… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Bought my 3-door ST at 10 months old and thought I'd...”

Written on: 01/11/2008 by kevinokell (1 review written)

Bought my 3-door ST at 10 months old and thought I'd got a bargain but now I see why it's cheap. Very poor build quality and the Recaro seats just don;t go low enough - feel like you're sat in a van!… Read Full Review

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“I picked up my shiny 06 plate, 3dr, Colarado Red Ford...”

Written on: 30/06/2008 by nev8741 (1 review written)

I picked up my shiny 06 plate, 3dr, Colarado Red Ford Focus ST-2 last week having traded in my 54 plate BMW Z4. The first thing that struck me about the ST is how attractive the vehicle is. From every angle the vehicle is astonishingly good looking. The ST looks aggressive but not too overt; it strikes a balance from being discreet to raw and sporty. The 18" wheels are stunning as well as the body coloured spoiler and body kit and xenon headlamps. Once inside the cabin of the vehicle, I was… Read Full Review

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“Baught my 06 Ford Focus ST-2 a week ago. ”

Written on: 29/05/2008 by jamesd0142 (1 review written)

Baught my 06 Ford Focus ST-2 a week ago.
I had the dreamscience chip and use the race+ setting which claims 270bhp and 330 torque.
Must say i'm loving every minute, although my fuel cost is massive. i've done 600 miles and used about 2.5 full tanks of fuel. Mind you i have been driving like a (cough) P***k.
Power uphill and overtaking on the motorway has exceeded my expectations… Read Full Review

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“I've had my all black Ford Focus ST3 for 3 weeks now...”

Written on: 23/04/2008 by Smiffthesniff (1 review written)

I've had my all black Ford Focus ST3 for 3 weeks now and overall I'm very happy with it. I gets plenty of looks as I drive home from work through traffic and even been waved at by women in other cars on two occasions now. It looks fantastic and drives even better. The growl it produces whilst accelerating in 3rd and 4th is totally addictive. I researched heavily before buying this car trying out many other makes and models. For the money I couldn't find a better alternative, however, if you… Read Full Review

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“I think from my own opinion the car is very much in...”

Written on: 22/04/2008

I think from my own opinion the car is very much in class compared to the Skoda RS and thats why I part ex my ST for the new Skoda RS even though i have only had it a few weeks. If you have the money buy it and you will see where I m coming from… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Im am very disappointed with the Ford Focus ST, I...”

Written on: 21/04/2008 by ST2Owner (1 review written)

Im am very disappointed with the Ford Focus ST, I expected a fun fast Ford, its certainly not slow, but doesnt live up to the Seat Leon cupra i had before, im getting another one to replace the Focus, havent even had the Focus a year and its time to get rid.
Dont be drawn in by that engine, the Leon Cupra is faster, better built, has more gadgets, and handling is just another league will wipe the floor with the focus and its cheaper to buy and run! I should have kept mine, but that 5 cylinder… Read Full Review

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Empem's Response to 361100_ST2Owner's Review

Written on: 09/06/2008

Oh No! Just bought a ST today...part ex'd my Cupra for it..... test drove the new cupra, ST and Megane R26...and ST won due to the price at the end of the day! Is this gonna be a big regret?
<br/>Uh oh!
<br/>Emma.

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★★★★★

“good all rounder when driven sensibly. Head...”

Written on: 08/04/2008

good all rounder when driven sensibly. Head turner. Holds road brilliant with esp. But fun also without… Read Full Review

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“I've laid deposit on a 06 plate Ford Focus ST3, on...”

Written on: 28/03/2008 by markfishing (1 review written)

I've laid deposit on a 06 plate Ford Focus ST3, on driving I wasn't happy with steering, noisey steering pump and pulled over to left), car is a1, I insisted ford look into this… Read Full Review

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“I have a Ford Focus ST-2 Colorado red its comfy and...”

Written on: 22/02/2008 by dallas242 (1 review written)

I have a Ford Focus ST-2 Colorado red its comfy and has it all inside, the engine roars and the exhaust pops and the turbo whistles its a great fun car, i have just px my Audi TT the tt grips the road better but the ST is far quicker and faster from start to finish. I have had rs turbo, xr3i Audi TT and BMW 730i the ST beats them all hands down, got 137 mph and their was still more to come. The best hot hatch on the market by far the insurance company said it all "have you modified the car"… Read Full Review

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“Having read through the other reviews of the Ford...”

Written on: 24/07/2007 by FFOC1 (1 review written)

Having read through the other reviews of the Ford Focus ST I thought I should add my own comments.

First up - my ST 2 is a black, 3 door version running on a Stage One Bluefin which I am reliably informed outputs some 256bhp, it's now covered approx 16,800 miles and I have just decided to trade it in for a 2007 ST 2 in performance blue (5 door).

I have owned a couple of performance cars prior to the ST but nothing which was in this league performance wise. First up the car handles very well… Read Full Review

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Degbert's Response to FFOC1's Review

Written on: 25/07/2007

I saw the Top Gear review of this and even Mr. Clarkson (ok he has a soft spot for his GT, so perhaps there's some pro-Ford here) was brimming with enthusiasm about the performance and handling.
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<br/>But, like him, I can't fathom why the flourescent Orange was pushed quite so heavily in the initial marketing campaign. Many folk prefer their power to be more understated and I can't help but imagine (even though other colours are available) that this attempt to be a bit hip and trendy was a bit of an own goal, and limited those who might be tempted.

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439439_Gaffer1's Response to FFOC1's Review

Written on: 09/02/2009

I think the type R GT is out of the ST's league! Obviously an owner or fan of the type R which I agree is a capable car, although still underpowered as modern hot hatch. The ST is more than capable of embarrasing the R GT..... think Honda seriously need to re-think their engine philosophy before they get left way behind from only 4 or 5 years ago leading the pack!

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Analysis's Response to FFOC1's Review

Written on: 28/10/2007

Nice Review. The Type R Comment miffed me though. While both cars are similar in terms of performance, the R is more thrilling in a straight line (and round bends) for true performance car enthusiasts. Also, it looks better, is better built (inside and out) has better residuals, desirability and fuel efficiency.
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<br/>Feel free to compare the ST to the Golf GTI, the Megane Renaultsport, The Leon Cupra even the Mazda 3 MPS - it should be compared to these cars. The ST is a very good value for money performance car, but comparing it to the New Type R GT, well that's just wrong! the R is way out of the ST's league and beats comprehensively more expensive rivals such as the Golf R32 and Audi S3.
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<br/>Honda built a legend of a Hot hatch!! better than anything else for a bargain price (if you avoid the options list) no contest - simple as that!

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