2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0 turbo petrol from North America
Fabulous machine, marred only by an inept infotainment system
Unfortunately, this car is cursed with the worst infotainment system possible. It's been an endless nightmare, still unresolved.
First trick was to complain about being unable to access the backup camera. What backup camera? The car never had one.
Second trick was to switch to A/V mode if you restarted the car without completely powering it down. What A/V mode? Why A/V?
Third trick was for the computer to fail completely, and as a consequence, drain the battery flat. They were unable to root cause that - just gave me the weasel words that it's a complex system. That inspires confidence.
Also the boost gauge failed. Apparently from a bum chip. That they could figure out and fix.
Fabulous engine and chassis. More power than an idiot like me should have under the loud pedal. The torque steer is entertaining, although some may consider it excessive.
Comfortable seats, albeit a tad difficult to crawl out of after a bout of hard driving - worse if it's in a tight parking spot.
The lowered suspension and aggressive nose make for a scary but attractive machine. Works best in black - dunno why Ford is so fond of the yellow version; it's a naff colour.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th January, 2014