It inherits the award given to its Ford Performance sibling last year – the Fiesta ST – and was collected by Ford Performance European Manager, Stefan Muenzinger.
Top Gear’s Hot Hatch of the Year scored highly thanks to its “strong and tuneful” 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, and praised its braking and grip ability, thanks to a “brilliantly integrated diff and well-chosen adaptive damping.”
“The Focus ST has no vices. No weaknesses. No chinks in its armour”, said Top Gear.com. “It’s a car that stands at your shoulder in any situation, exuding an “I’ve got this” confidence.”
More than 1700 examples have been sold since it went on sale earlier this year, and now evaluations of the 155mph Focus ST estate in police car form are underway, with forces up and down the country set to trial its blend of load-carrying ability, performance and handling.