Up until earlier this year, if you wanted a sporty looking Focus with a modest engine, youíd have to opt for Zetec S trim, which didnít exactly set the sales charts ablaze. So, to stimulate some interest in a car that is set to be replaced next year, Ford has injected some extra sparkle, with the launch of a new ST-Line edition. Designed to hint at the dynamism of the flagship ST, it comes paired to the 118bhp edition of the 1.5-litre TDCi engine. For £1,250 more than a mid-range Zetec, buyers get a sporty body kit, honeycomb grilles, 17-inch alloy wheels in a fashionable metallic grey finish, 10-millimetre lowered sports suspension, LED rear light clusters and daytime running lights. The sporty influence continues inside with stainless steel pedals and sill protectors, sports seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and gear knob, black roof lining, keyless start and an uprated centre console. All in all, the sum of the parts adds up to more than the cost to upgrade.
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Still the benchmark for driving prowess. Fuel efficient. Delivers strong wave of torque in third gear. Pliant suspension. Huggy seats. Good value for money. Nicely positioned infotainment system.
Small boot. Engine start button hidden behind the steering wheel.