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How much is a Ford Focus ST?

It’s a sporty take on the classic Ford Focus – but how much does the Focus ST cost?

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While the Ford Focus ST retains most of the practicality that comes with the typical Focus models, it adds a real punch of power and finesse on the roads that makes it the perfect option for something a bit more fun.

Balancing performance and usability is what makes the Focus ST so impressive, but it also avoids the chunky price tag that comes with a lot of more performance-focused cars these days.

Find out how much you can expect to pay for a used Ford Focus ST in our guide.

How much does a Ford Focus ST cost?

The price of a Ford Focus ST will largely depend on which model you’re choosing but will also differ based on whether you buy a brand-new or used model.

You can also choose to spread the cost with a Ford Focus ST finance deal. Options like Hire Purchase (HP) and Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) car finance can be helpful for splitting the price of your car across one initial payment and a monthly bill until the end of your contract.

Choosing a brand-new Ford Focus ST means you’ll get the latest specification and the option to build your car to your exact preference.

You can expect to pay upwards of £36,950 for a new Ford Focus ST on the Ford website, but this price will increase with any optional extras you opt for.

It’s worth noting that there’s also the ST-Line model, which starts at £27,910 brand-new. This one gets a sportier look but doesn’t have the same performance-focused engine setup.

On our website, a used Ford Focus ST from 2022 will cost around £30,450 depending on what we have in stock. You could also opt for a 2020 model and look at prices around £24,675.

The ST-Line models are usually cheaper, especially when purchasing used. On our site, prices usually start at around £11,100 for a 2017 model.

It’s best to check our current Ford Focus ST models to see the most accurate and up-to-date prices, as these change regularly depending on the models we currently stock.

What are the benefits of a Ford Focus ST?

We’re big fans of the Ford Focus ST, and we’re not alone in that. This model has been a top pick for new motorists who want something fresh and sporty, families who don’t fancy something completely sensible and savour some power, or the solo motorist who wants something fun for the commute.

cinch motoring editor Sam Sheehan says: “The ST is the Focus in its most optimised and exciting form. You get sports car excitement without compromising on family practicality.

“When you put your foot down or find a nice twisty road, it’s a really enjoyable car to drive.”

A worthy rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Focus ST offers impressive traction and firm suspension that smooths out the road.

With the 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, you’ll hit 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds using that 272hp.

The EcoBlue diesel engine is the one to pick if you want fuel efficiency, offering up to 53.3mpg. You’ll get slightly less power from this model – looking at around 184hp.

Where practicality is concerned, the boot and spacious cabin come in handy. You can expect a 375-litre space that measures the same as the standard Focus model. This is about the same as the Golf GTD – around average for a hot hatchback.

Maintenance costs

When it comes to keeping up with the maintenance on your Ford Focus ST, you’ll need to consider servicing, MOTs and watching out for wear and tear.

While the Focus ST is considered a reliable car and gets rave reviews from its drivers on the quality of the vehicle, you’ll likely see some normal wear and tear over time.

You might need to eventually replace parts like tyres, brake pads or sparkplugs over the years of owning your car.

The great thing about Ford vehicles is that their parts are easy to come by and not as expensive as the parts you’d need to maintain models like a used BMW or a used Audi.

Any maintenance you do need to carry out will likely be inexpensive when compared to these brands.

You’ll also need to get your Focus ST MOT’d every year. This is a legal requirement in the UK and ensures your car is fit to run, with the cost for the test being capped at just under £55.

Servicing isn’t a legal requirement in the UK, but it’s always recommended to keep your car in the best possible condition.

Servicing can include things like oil and filter changes, top-ups of fluid levels, plus an all-round health check of the car, and prices will differ depending on where your garage is located and the type of service you choose.

Insurance costs

In the UK, cars are placed into insurance groups that help determine how much your car insurance will cost.

These are based on factors like how much the car would cost to repair or replace in the event of an insurance claim, and the power of the vehicle.

Personal factors like your job title, where you store your car and any previous driving offences can also affect the cost of your insurance.

It’s best to get a quote from your insurance provider to get an accurate figure.

You’ll usually find the Ford Focus ST models sit in insurance groups 23-34, so they won’t be the most expensive option to insure.

For other impressive hot hatch options, it might also be worth checking out the VW Golf GTI or the Skoda Octavia vRS.

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