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The New Ford Focus ST Is Almost £1000 Cheaper Than A Golf GTI

We’ve speculated that the tech-filled Focus ST would be more expensive than it could have been, but it still undercuts its main rival…

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Ford - The New Ford Focus ST Is Almost £1000 Cheaper Than A Golf GTI - News

The petrol version of Ford’s high-tech new Focus ST will go on sale for £31,995, almost £1000 less in the UK than the cheapest Volkswagen Golf GTI.

With Volkswagen having ditched the entry-level GTI from its order books, the entry option is the £32,985 GTI Performance with its 241bhp and DSG transmission. The 286bhp Focus ST is therefore £990 cheaper, as well as more potent. We’ve previously pondered whether it should have been cheaper still.

Ford - The New Ford Focus ST Is Almost £1000 Cheaper Than A Golf GTI - News

Further savings are yours if you plump for the 187bhp diesel version. Available from £29,495 it’s £2500 cheaper than the full-fat petrol model, brimming with more than twice the torque of the original Focus ST170 – and an extra 17bhp. Interestingly, it’s also the exact same price as a Hyundai i30 N Performance…

The range has been simplified and instead of ST-2 and ST-3 trim grades Ford offers a single ST spec. As a halfway house, a new ST-Line X trim grade with a 180bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine has joined the range beneath the ST.

Ford - The New Ford Focus ST Is Almost £1000 Cheaper Than A Golf GTI - News

It doesn’t get the ST’s rear-view parking camera, Bang & Olufsen stereo or adaptive cruise control, though, or the e-diff.

The ST is manual as standard with an electronic limited-slip differential and optional rev-matching tech. There’s also a seven-speed automatic gearbox if you must. New drive modes encompass Wet, Normal and Sport, while adding the Performance Pack brings a Track mode and red brake calipers (worth +10hp, natch).

Ford - The New Ford Focus ST Is Almost £1000 Cheaper Than A Golf GTI - News

Petrol cars come with the trick Continuously Controlled Damping system that Ford promises will make the new ST the most multi-talented yet, able to switch from comfy cruiser to stiff and responsive action man almost instantly, and to greater extremes.

With 0-62mph claimed at 6.0 seconds, the ST would be 0.2s quicker than the Golf GTI Performance and half a second faster than the hot Focus this one replaces. We look forward to seeing how it drives.