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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Ford Focus ST running costs are not too onerous when you consider that this is a performance car. Official average fuel economy will tell you that you will get 39mpg, but we think that you’ll be lucky to get this because the engine is so addictive and it’ll be hard for drivers to resist putting their right foot down on regular occasions. Expect to get between 30-34mpg if you are driving normally, but if you are a total enthusiast it may well dip under the 30mpg mark.

This performance hatchback isn’t particularly green when considering CO2 output, but it is just about acceptable. Ford Focus ST emissions are pegged at a rate of 169g/km.

Ford Focus ST reliability will be helped by the fact that the company has worked hard on the standard model to improve build quality. Certainly we experienced no creaks or tweaks throughout our test but this generation Focus is not as good as some of its rivals, particularly those from Japanese car makers. We don’t expect owners to experience many problems, however.

The previous generation Focus didn't score particularly well in customer satisfaction surveys and Ford, as a brand, is a more mid-table performer. The previous generation Focus did have several official recalls but there have been no official recalls for the new Focus.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,419 - £1,492 *
Diesel 131p £889 - £976 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 TDCi (185bhp) Diesel 110 g/km (Min) £20
2.0T Petrol 169 g/km (Max) £235

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £235
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Insurance group 24 - 36
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Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.