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Excellent affordable hot hatch

Advantages: Balance of performance/running costs, handling, looks
Disadvantages: Not as fast as rivals, some niggles on early cars

Ford were somewhat slow off the mark to introduce a performance model into the Focus range after its launch. In fact, it was nearly four years into its life when the ST170 arrived in 2002. Based on the American Focus SVT, the ST170 comes with a 168bhp ...

BenW 24.10.2004 · Read full review
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Ford does it again.

Advantages: Fast, Fab sports handling, comfortable, Unique Styling
Disadvantages: Expensive on repairs

I am a loyal Ford Owner and my fella currently has a Ford Focus ST170 03 reg and as I am now insured I feel I can comment on the perfomance of this car and wow what a performance it gives. The Ford Focus ST170 can be easily distinguished from the stand ...

KELLYLOUJ 22.08.2005 · Read full review
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Great Handling

Advantages: handling, running costs, easy day-to-day car
Disadvantages: fuel economy, superceded by 2.5 Focus ST

I've had mine for around 2.5 years now. Handling is great - very positive, and good fun when pushed. Straight-line performance is a touch below similar others (e.g. Civic Type 'R', Seat Leon Cupra Sport) but cornering is astonishing - you can fairly easil ...

Simon_12 13.11.2007 · Read full review
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Comfortable, and Affordable

Advantages: Its a Focus Hatchback
Disadvantages: Low speed ride can be harsh.

Having owned a 1.8 Zetec for a year I decided that a change was needed as it had over 160,000 miles on the clock and I had already placed 20,000 on her. I looked at several cars and was unimpressed with value for money until I saw a 2003 Focus ST170 in ...

mrpiesxrayeyes 30.12.2008 · Read full review
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What a let down

Advantages: great sounding engine, sporty look
Disadvantages: Drinks lots of fuel when driving round town

The ST170 might handle great but when it comes to acceleration it is a true let down, from 0 - 2500 rpms there is not enough power, but when 2500rpms have been reached it is then and only then that the car starts to perform. don't get me wrong it is a n ...

Richard-Gould 22.08.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Ford Focus ST170 2.0i 16V Duratec ST VVT

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