2019 Ford Focus ST: Price, specs and release date

Iain Reid and Matthew Mills
May 16, 2019

 Prices have been revealed for the 280hp Ford Focus ST – here’s everything you need to know

  • Prices revealed

    2019 Focus ST

  • Specs include

    280hp, 2.3-litre engine – from the RS

  • Price and release date

    from £29,495; June 2019

Below is the Ford Focus ST Wagon. It will go on sale in the summer and will be the first time the fast Focus ST has been given an estate version. Here is everything you need to know about the performance hatch and estate.

2019 Ford Focus ST Wagon

The 2019 Ford Focus ST Wagon will cost from £30,595 when it goes on sale later this summer. That gets you the 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel Focus ST – which is £1,100 more than the equivalent five-door ST. If you prefer petrol power, you can buy the 280hp, 2.3-litre Focus ST Wagon for £33,095 – again, that’s an £1,100 premium over the five-door hatchback version. That makes it a slightly cheaper, slightly less powerful alternative to the Volkswagen Golf R estate

A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, although you can upgrade to a seven-speed manual in the petrol. Every 2019 Ford Focus ST Wagon comes with the sports car tech that you get in the standard hatch, including an electric limited-slip differential. This helps the car grip when you’re accelerating through corners. Plus, there is an auto-blip function that matches the car’s engine speed to the selected gear for smoother changes as you slow down. The boot is… well, the same size as you get in the standard Focus – 575 litres with the seats up, 1620 with the seats folded down flat.

2019 Ford Focus ST price and release date

Ford has revealed prices for the 2019 Focus ST hot hatchback. The entry-level version is a 2.0-litre, 190hp diesel, which will start the range at £29,495. Next is a 2.3-litre, 280hp petrol, which will cost £31,995 – slightly more than alternatives such as the Hyundai i30 N Performance and Renault Megane R.S. but cheaper than the upmarket Volkswagen Golf GTI.

There will also be diesel and petrol estate versions of the ST, costing £30,595 and £33,095, respectively.

The 2019 Ford Focus ST will go on sale in June 2019.

2019 Ford Focus ST styling

A number of revisions are made to the Focus ST to make it look sportier than ever. At the front end you will find a new grille and a low, almost ground-scraping front bumper. Meanwhile, at the back, there is a roof-mounted spoiler, as well as two dual exhaust pipes. This means that you can use your Focus ST to tow a caravan, if you are so inclined…

You will have a choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels. Colours include Ford Performance Blue (as pictured), Orange Fury, Frozen White, Magnetic Grey, Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black.

2019 Ford Focus ST interior

Inside, you can expect the 2019 Ford Focus ST to be just as practical as the standard Focus. However, in line with its performance-model brief, it gets a sports steering wheel and body-hugging Recaro sports seats. There will also be alloy pedals and other decorative details, including metallic grey stitching in the doors and centre console, and ‘metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements’ – whatever they are.

2019 Ford Focus ST engines

You can have your Focus ST with either a diesel or petrol power. For performance worthy of the name you’ll want to go for the petrol model that produces 280hp from the engine that was fitted to the old Focus RS. Ford says that’s enough to get the Focus ST from 0-62mph in under six seconds. It’ll comes equipped with a sports exhaust that crackles and pops and also, for the first time, anti-lag. Borrowed from the Ford GT, it cancels out turbo-lag by keeping the turbo spinning even when you don’t have your foot on the accelerator. The diesel Focus does without the anti-lag but still produces 190hp and 400NM of torque – the last figure being the one that’ll make the most noticeable impact – giving the diesel a punchy mid-range that’ll make it feel quick on the motorway. Both the diesel and the petrol get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with a seven-speed automatic on the options list.

2019 Ford Focus ST driving

As well as being faster than a normal Focus, the 2019 Ford Focus ST also handles better in corners. It gets 18-inch alloy wheels, grippy Michelin Sport Pilot tyres, steering that’s quicker even than the slightly flighty Fiesta ST’s – with just two turns lock-to-lock – and suspension that’s lowered by 10mm compared to the regular model’s and is available with adjustable dampers. Of most interest is the inclusion of the electronically controlled limited-slip differential that’ll help the front of the car bite into the tarmac when you accelerate out of corners instead of spinning all it’s power away in a cloud of tyre smoke. More cool kit comes in the form of the Focus ST’s six-speed manual gearbox that has an auto-blip function that matches the car’s engine speed to the new gear for smoother gear changes as you slow down.

And the ST has more powerful brakes than the regular car with larger discs and callipers. Ford claims they resist fade almost four times better than the brakes on the old Focus ST. The brakes – along with the steering, throttle pedal, LSD and stability control – can be adjusted using the car’s drive selector. The most aggressive setting is Track mode, which optimises the car for a race circuit – lowering the assistance of the power steering, making the throttle more aggressive and optimizing the limited-slip differential to provide as much traction as possible.

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