Went with the misses today for her to test drive a 2015 Ford focus st-3. In tangerine orange. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how good a car it was. All the toys. Electric full leather recaro seats with side bolsters that were huge and supportive maybe overly. I'm not a big guy 14 1/2 stone and I just fitted between the bolsters. On a long journey maybe a bit too snug. The interior finish was good. Infotainment was great. The exhaust note from the get go was very deep and throaty. Brakes were spot on. Suspension was on the firm side but coped well with the **** roads. No clunks or thuds. Steering had great weight and feedback feel. I find the S3 steering a bit light and vague, even if I'm in dynamic and suffer with understeer, although this may be down to my pirelli tyres. Good turn of pace as its pushing 250bhp. On the whole I'd recommend it as a possible alternative, albeit a step down from 4wd and power.