2013 Ford Focus ST: Would You Want a 3-Door?
April 10, 2013
Last night while perusing the DirecTV Guide, I came upon an episode of British motoring program Fifth Gear featuring a Tangerine Scream 2013 Ford Focus ST. Whatya know? That exact car just happened to be sitting a few floors below in my garage.
Beyond being incredibly jealous that the pointily sideburned presenter got to drive the Focus ST on a spectacular strip of Norwegian road, I took note of his principal beef with the car: the body style.
While its primary hot hatch competitors and immediate predecessor can/could be had in three-door body styles, the new Focus is five-door only. Frankly, I've always thought the three-door VW GTI looked a little dowdy, but the Vauxhall Astra VXR and Renaultsport Megane are borderline sexy. All things being equal, I'd have a hard time saying no to a cooler looking three-door. However, as they are not equal, I'm totally fine with the five-door and its added practicality. Still looks plenty cool to me.
Besides, for the majority of those here in the United States, I suspect the more significant omission is the lack of a sedan body style and an automatic transmission.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 9,327 miles