Ford Focus ST- Line diesel review ireland
The Ford Focus ST-Line

Read Caroline’s review of the 2017 Ford Focus diesel.

For many years the Ford Focus was one of Ireland’s favourite hatchbacks, a consistent bestseller since it was launched back in 1998.

The third generation of the popular Focus hatchback went on sale in Ireland towards the end of 2011 and received an update in 2014 with a new grille and updated interior.

In 2017, Ford added a new ST-Line sporty trim to key models like Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Kuga. I recently got behind the wheel of a Focus ST-Line 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp.

The Focus ST Line

ST-Line lends the Focus a very attractive sporty makeover with the addition of a body kit, rear diffuser, 17” ‘Rock’ metallic alloy wheels and black sports grille. Front fog lamps come as standard and the daytime running lights are LED.

Inside, there are sports seats with red stitching, a flat bottomed steering wheel, aluminium sports pedals and black headliner. Equipment includes manual air conditioning, heated windscreen, and electric windows, though my car had notables like cruise control and the SYNC 2 8” infotainment system added as options.

The Focus ST Line looks great and has a sporty presence, coupled to a solid interior with a modern infotainment system.

Focus ST- Line diesel review ireland
The interior of the Focus

Driving the 2017 Ford Focus ST Line

Under the skin there is a sports suspension but ride quality is still very good. On the road the Focus shows real composure and finesse. The steering is fluid and elastic and the car changes direction with stunning precision and loads of grip. Refinement is also very good on the move, and the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel has a lovely spread of power.

Other engine options include the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with 100hp or 125hp, and a 1.5-litre diesel with 120hp. The best for economy is the 1.5-litre diesel with fuel economy a claimed 3.8l/100km.

It’s in the interior that the Focus is starting to show its age, as the infotainment, quality and design is starting to fall behind newer rivals like the revamped Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra. Still, it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel and when specced with the right equipment the Focus is still an appealing car. Interior accommodation is good but the boot falls some way behind class leaders at 316 litres with a mini spare wheel, but a more respectable 363 with a tyre repair kit.

 Ford Focus ST- Line diesel review ireland
The Ford Focus remains a good value family car with plenty of trim and engine options

Did you like it?

It’s always a pleasure to get behind the wheel of the Ford Focus again. The car has aged but still remains competitive and it’s easy to see why it’s a consistent top buy for Irish motorists.

ST Line models look the best and make the most of this car.

The best thing about the Focus is just how good it is to drive. The third generation Ford Focus remains one of the best hatchbacks of its generation.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Focus ST-Line 2.0TDCi
€27,670 (Range from €25,175)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 370Nm
8.9 seconds
Top speed: 212km/h
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax: 
€190 per year