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Driving Experience

Smart technology, intelligent design, precision engineering: behind the wheel of the new Focus ST, you’re as connected to the road as you are with your music, messages and phone calls on the move.

Features shown on this page may only be available on selected models. Where available, these features may be optional extras at additional cost. For more info, download price list to view current UK specifications.

Red Ford Focus ST in motion cornering left, driving down the hill

Maximum cornering control

Torque Vectoring Control reacts to the road surface 100 times per second. (That’s 33 times faster than the blink of an eye.) Using this information, it balances the amount of power delivered to each of the two front wheels. This maximises grip and sharpens handling, helping you round corners and over undulations in the road.

Racing-style sports suspension

An upgraded suspension includes stiffer bushes on the front lower control arm and rear spring links, plus an all-new anti-roll bar design. This setup lowers the chassis, bringing the centre of gravity closer to the road for more precise cornering.

Ford Sports Suspension

Spots the vehicles you might miss

Cross Traffic Alert is part of the Blind Spot Information System. When you’re reversing out of a space and have limited visibility of the traffic situation, Cross Traffic Alert can detect oncoming vehicles and sound a warning. The technology illuminates a light in the wing mirror too (left or right depending on the direction of oncoming traffic).

Sees the road signs you might miss

Whether the signs are at the side of the road or above it, permanent or temporary, Traffic Sign Recognition can identify them. An icon of that speed or a no-overtaking sign appears on the instrument cluster and changes every time you enter a new limit.

Silver Ford Focus ST at night showing the traffic sign recognition
Red Ford Focus ST black alloy wheel in detail

Change direction: maintain control

The Focus ST incorporates a new technology called Electronic Transitional Stability (part of the advanced three-stage Electronic Stability programme). By sensing vehicle stability and driver inputs, the system can react and respond to help you maintain precision and control when changing lanes, or overtaking.

An advanced system to help you stay in your lane

A Lane Keeping System uses a forward-looking camera to detect if you’re unintentionally drifting out of lane. Lane Keeping Alert then warns you by vibrating the steering wheel and displaying a visual warning. If you're slow to react or don’t respond, Lane Keeping Aid can provide steering torque assistance to help guide you back into the right lane. The technology is designed for multi-lane roads (like motorways), so will automatically deactivate at speeds below 43mph or can be turned off manually.

Red Ford Focus ST steering wheel sensor
Red Ford Focus ST smart light

Ultra-bright, low-energy, bi-xenon headlights

Bi-Xenon Headlights with Adaptive lighting change the headlamp beam pattern automatically to apply the best light distribution to a given driving situations. This ensures the most effective illumination pattern is produced automatically for any given driving condition, from motorways to city streets. Included in this technology is an auto dip function when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Extra control during hill starts

Hill Start Assist temporarily stops you rolling backwards or forwards when making a hill start. The system works by maintaining pressure to the braking system for an extra 2-3 seconds, giving you more time and control as you move your foot from brake pedal to accelerator. It’s also useful when you’re stopping and starting on slippery surfaces.

Red Ford Focus ST red car
Red Ford Focus ST yellow car alert system

Driver Alert System tells you when you’re getting tired

Driver Alert System constantly monitors your driving behaviour and is designed to detect any changes that could be caused by fatigue. If the system identifies you’re becoming less vigilant, a warning icon appears in the display, suggesting you take a break. If your driving alertness further declines, the message is repeated and combined with a chime.

Technology that sees what you can’t see

The Blind Spot Information System uses RADAR sensors to see vehicles that may be hidden in your blind spot. They’re situated on either side of your Focus ST and alert you with an orange light, clearly displayed in the side door mirror.

Red Ford Focus ST blind system
Ford Focus ST driver station

Set your own speed limit and the Focus ST stays within it

Integrated with the cruise control function, the Speed Limiter lets you set your chosen maximum speed. The vehicle then stays within that speed, so you can keep your eyes on the road. When you need to go faster, just press the accelerator firmly to override the system.

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